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.

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MSF with 23 feeding centres at Angola malnutrition crisis

Project Update 4 Jun 2002

Famine rages across Huambo province

Press Release 23 May 2002

Angola 'grey zones' emergency - a dying population

Project Update 7 May 2002

Alarming food crisis in northern Afghanistan

Press Release 21 Feb 2002

Severe increase in malnutrition in Mazlakh camp

Press Release 6 Feb 2002

MSF Background Document on Karuzi, Burundi

Report 2 Feb 2001

Number of severely malnourished doubles in four weeks in Karuzi, Burundi

Press Release 2 Feb 2001

How MSF teams treat malnourished children

Project Update 28 Sep 2000

The food crisis is not finished in Ogaden

Press Release 21 Sep 2000

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