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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Malnutrition in Chad
Chad

Patient stories, malnutrition in Bokoro region

Voices from the Field 15 Sep 2016
 
Malnutrition in Chad
Chad

Recurring malnutrition, a silent epidemic devastating the country

Project Update 15 Sep 2016
 
Nigeria

Malnutrition is the biggest problem in Bama

Voices from the Field 7 Sep 2016
 
MSF intervention in Alaback, Niger
Niger

Floods leave hundreds of families homeless with increased risk of disease

Project Update 26 Aug 2016
 
Ngala IDP camp, Nigeria - July 2017
Nigeria

Video: Testimonies from displaced women in Maiduguri, Nigeria

Voices from the Field 23 Aug 2016
 
Katanga, DRC Sept 2013, Sam Phelps
Democratic Republic of Congo

After ten years, Shamwana project is closed

Press Release 16 Aug 2016
 
Boost Hospital, Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

Patient numbers falling in Helmand as intensifying conflict restricts access

Project Update 12 Aug 2016
 
Testimony of a nigerian refugee
Nigeria

We are scared to return

Voices from the Field 11 Aug 2016
 
Syrian Refugees Stranded in the "Berm" Jordan/Syria Border
Jordan

People in the Berm are stuck between life and death

Voices from the Field 11 Aug 2016
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