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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

Nutritional crisis in northwest Nigeria

Out of sight: the neglected malnutrition crisis which threatens thousands of children’s lives

Press Release 7 Jul 2022
Malnutrition in Maiduguri

Urgent humanitarian response needed to avoid deadly consequences in Borno

Press Release 30 Jun 2022
Non Food Item distribution
South Sudan

Thousands at severe risk due to malnutrition and deadly diseases in Twic County

Voices from the Field 29 Jun 2022
Nutritional crisis in Ethiopia's Afar region

Urgent response needed to “overwhelming” malnutrition crisis in Afar

Press Release 9 Jun 2022
Bay Regional Hospital, Baidoa, Somalia

Drought intensifies health crises across Somalia and Somaliland

Project Update 7 Jun 2022
Illeret ward water sources

Malnutrition remains high as drought continues in Kenya

Project Update 20 May 2022
STILLS - Lucky to be alive (La peur au ventre)

Amid hunger, people are “lucky to be alive” in northwest Nigeria

Documentary 15 Feb 2022
Niger - Magaria Paediatric Unit

Working with the community to counter malaria and malnutrition

Project Update 3 Feb 2022
Children sit outside their tent

Thousands desperate for food, water and shelter in conflict-hit Marib

Project Update 27 Jan 2022

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