Patiente Ngangu, MSF nurse
More than 224 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.

Quick Facts

 
South Sudan - Pibor violence and looting
South Sudan

Malnutrition on the rise in Pibor

Project Update 5 Jul 2017
 
Scores of war wounded in West Mosul
Iraq

Women and children among the scores of war-wounded treated at MSF hospital in West Mosul

Press Release 5 Jul 2017
 
Asbuli 2016
Ethiopia

MSF sees tenfold increase in children with malnutrition in Doolo zone

Project Update 26 Jun 2017
 
Somalia

MSF resumes medical activities

Project Update 23 Jun 2017
 
Uganda

Despite generous policy, basic needs of refugees are not being met

Press Release 19 Jun 2017
 
IDP ALINDAO (CAR)
Central African Republic

Scores dead and thousands displaced as conflict erupts in Alindao

Voices from the Field 9 Jun 2017
 
South-Sudan: thousands at risk of cholera and malnutrition in Pieri
South Sudan

“They killed the women, the girls, everybody in the town”

Voices from the Field 2 Jun 2017
 
South-Sudan: thousands at risk of cholera and malnutrition in Pieri
South Sudan

Thousands at risk of cholera and malnutrition after fleeing attacks in Yuai and Waat

Press Release 2 Jun 2017
 
24 hours in Magaria ITFC
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Gallery: Magaria: 24 hours with the teams

30 May 2017
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