Patiente Ngangu, MSF nurse
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.

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Quick facts about malnutrition


The food crisis is not finished in Ogaden

Press Release 21 Sep 2000

MSF Survey: Alarming malnutrition rates in Western Upper Nile, southern Sudan

Press Release 6 Jul 2000

Malnutrition in Ethiopia

Project Update 16 May 2000

MSF Therapeutic Feeding Programmes

Project Update 16 Apr 2000
Republic of Congo

War in Congo causes alarming malnutrition and mortality

Press Release 24 Jan 2000

MSF concerned by cases of adult malnutrition

Project Update 17 Jan 2000

Joint statement by MSF, CARE International, Save the Children Fund and Oxfam GB

Statement 26 Oct 1998

Displaced children are at extreme risk

Press Release 20 Aug 1998
South Sudan

MSF warns urgent efforts needed to avert disaster in south Sudan

Press Release 8 Jun 1998

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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