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More than 232 million children around the world last year suffered from malnutrition. It is the underlying contributing factor in nearly half of the deaths of children under five years of age.

Malnutrition can lead to a weakened immune system meaning children are more vulnerable to disease. These diseases can lead to further malnutrition, creating a vicious cycle of malnutrition and disease.

MSF first introduced specific therapeutic foods to treat malnutrition on a large scale as long ago as 2005, which has been widely used since; but access to specific and necessary nutrition remains one of the major challenges in reducing child mortality, especially in conflict-affected countries, where they are most vulnerable.

In 2022

Quick facts about malnutrition

MSF Clinical Officer examines a child at the MSF Mobile Clinic
South Sudan

Sudan returnees arrive back in South Sudan in alarming health

Press Release 31 Aug 2023
Massakory - MSF emergency malnutrition response

Community-focused projects aim to reduce rising malnutrition in Chad

Project Update 28 Aug 2023
An aunt calms her 9-year-old niece
South Sudan

Children at deadly risk of measles and malnutrition after fleeing conflict in Sudan

Press Release 17 Aug 2023
Sangour and Ajwal: Critical unmet needs among displaced people in White Nile State.
Conflict in Sudan

Hundreds of thousands face disease in overcrowded camps in White Nile state

Project Update 27 Jul 2023
Mobile clinic in the South Omo zone

Urgent action needed to tackle cholera across Horn of Africa

Voices from the Field 13 Jul 2023
Mobile clinic in the South Omo zone

Immediate resumption of food distributions urgently needed in Ethiopia

Press Release 7 Jul 2023
Helping tackle malnutrition and malaria in Angola

Tackling malnutrition and malaria in Angola

Project Update 6 Jul 2023
Malnutrition in northwest Nigeria : MSF's ITFC at Kofar Sauri, Katsina

Urgent action needed to avert catastrophic malnutrition crisis

Press Release 3 Jul 2023
Passenger boat between islands

People in Kiribati threatened by climate crisis and multiple health threats

Project Update 10 May 2023

We produce important research based on our field experience. So far, we have published articles in over 100 peer-reviewed journals. These articles have often changed clinical practice and have been used for humanitarian advocacy. Read all our Malnutrition-related articles on our dedicated Field Research website.

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Nutrition centres in Maiduguri