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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Syrian Refugees Stranded in the "Berm" Jordan/Syria Border

Winter will bring even more desperate living conditions for over 75,000 Syrians stranded at the 'Berm'

Project Update 22 Nov 2016
Situation in Borno state, November 2016

I kept telling the team “it’s all about food”

Voices from the Field 11 Nov 2016
The boy who lost his memory

Severe shortages in east Aleppo put children’s lives at risk

Project Update 3 Nov 2016
Bangassou - General context 2016
Central African Republic

Great humanitarian need, little international attention

Project Update 1 Nov 2016
Kenya - Dadaab refugee camp
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Dadaab 25 years

17 Oct 2016
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Time is running out for the children of east Aleppo, who have no hope for the future

Project Update 14 Oct 2016

Disastrous living conditions more deadly than violence

Press Release 28 Sep 2016
Nutrition Screening Benicheikh Borno State Nigeria
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Treating malnourished children in Beni Shiekh, Nigeria

24 Sep 2016
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Ramtha hospital after Jordan/Syria border closure

Syrians denied access to lifesaving medical care for third consecutive month

Statement 21 Sep 2016

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