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


Mortality rates in Bailundo and Mavinga confirm a drastic situation

Press Release 28 Jun 2002

Death rates in Angola confirm emergency situation

Press Release 27 Jun 2002

MSF action more than doubled since thecease fire, but greater needs remain

Project Update 26 Jun 2002

Movement to rest of Angola slowed by needs and ruined infrastructures

Project Update 18 Jun 2002

Malnutrition crisis in Angola spurs rapid growth in MSF feeding centres

Project Update 6 Jun 2002

MUAC measure and definition

Project Update 6 Jun 2002

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

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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