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Malnutrition 

Children will continue to suffer from malnutrition unless access to food increases. Thy can also develop malnutrition as a result of untreated medical conditions such as diarrhoea, measles, HIV or Tuberculosis.  
 
When children suffer from acute malnutrition, their immune systems are so impaired that the risk of death is greatly increased. 
 
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malnutrition is the single greatest threat to the world’s public health, with 178 million malnourished children across the globe.  
 
The critical age for malnutrition is from six months – when mothers generally start supplementing breast milk – to 24 months. However, children under five, adolescents, pregnant or breastfeeding women, the elderly and the chronically ill are also vulnerable. 
 
In 2017, MSF admitted 81,300 malnourished children to its feeding programmes. 

 

 

Children at an MSF mobile clinic/outpost set up outside the Dagahaley camp for new arrivals.
24/01/2023

Record admissions at MSF hospital in Dagahaley, as humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate

The scale and severity of humanitarian needs in the Dadaab camps demands a wide-scale response 

MSF activities in Kule healthcare centre [Gabriella Bianchi/MSF]
27/12/2022

ኢትዮጵያ፡ “ገለልተኛነት የኤም ኤስ ኤፍ ዋና ጉዳይ ነው - ሰዎች ከማን ወገን እና ከየትም አካባቢ ቢሆኑም ሁሉንም በእኩል እናስተናግዳለን።

እ.ኤ.አ. በ2022 ከ22 ሚሊዮን1 በላይ ሰዎች በኢትዮጵያ ሰብዓዊ ዕርዳታ ያስፈልጋቸዋል ተብሎ ተገምቷል። ብዙዎች በግጭት ምክንያት ያስከተለውን አሳዛኝ መዘዝ በተለይም በአፋር፣ አማራ፣ ትግራይ እና ደቡብ ብሔር ብሔረሰቦችና ሕዝቦች ክልል ውስጥ ያሉ ማህበረሰቦችን ገጥሟቸዋል፡፡

በተመሳሳይ ሁኔታ የተፈጥሮ አደጋዎች የሰዎችን ችግሮችን የመቋቋም አቅማቸውን አሳጥተዋቸዋል። በሶማሌ ክልል ውስጥ የሚገኙ ማህበረሰቦች ከአርባ አመታት በፊት ታይቶ የማይታወቅ የድርቅ አደጋ ያጋጠማቸው ሲሆን በጋምቤላ ክልል በጎርፍ በተከሰተ አደጋ ምክኒያት ከ180,000 በላይ ሰዎች ከቤት ንብረታቸው ተፈናቅለው በጤና ተቋማት ላይ ከፍተኛ ጉዳት ደርሷል።

MSF activities in Kule healthcare centre [Gabriella Bianchi/MSF]
27/12/2022

Treating people all across Ethiopia

Impartiality is at MSF’s core – we treat everybody, regardless of who they are or where they’re from.  MSF staff share what they have seen about the necessity and impact of humanitarian action in Ethiopia.

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22/12/2022

Kenya: Responding to malnutrition in Marsabit

Since mid-March 2022, MSF team has been supporting county health authorities in Illeret Ward in Marsabit County, Kenya, as they respond to the malnutrition crisis.MSF response included training health care workers (HCWs), strengthening the medical component of integrated management of acute malnutrition (IMAM), including outreach activities, screening and setting up the ITFC/SC (Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding center/specialised care) services within Illeret Health Center.
Zeitun Yussuf(centre) and Fiona Mutindwa (right) speak to a mother during an outreach in Illeret
22/12/2022

Kenya: Community surveillance and sensitization must continue for fast identification of malnutrition

Zeitun Yussuf is one of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) community health educators (CHEs) whose work includes carrying out community surveillance and health education. CHE’s are based in the community and have been actively identifying, observing and reporting malnutrition cases from the community. Their work is critical for early detection, enrolment and management of malnutrition cases. She shares her experience as a community health educator and her personal experiences with the drought.

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18/11/2022

Somalia: "We haven't had enough time between one disaster and another"

Dr Asma Aweis Abdallah is the medical activity manager with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Baidoa, Somalia. She describes the situation the team is responding to
18/11/2022

Somalia: "We haven't had enough time between one disaster and another"

Dr Asma Aweis Abdallah is the medical activity manager with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Baidoa, Somalia. Here she describes the situation the team is responding to

17/10/2022

Djibo, Burkina Faso: “How long do you think a family can survive on 5 kg of rice?”

Without new supplies soon, the town will really be left with nothing. This is why the population needs a humanitarian corridor to be set up now.

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Malnutrition 

Children will continue to suffer from malnutrition unless access to food increases. Thy can also develop malnutrition as a result of untreated medical conditions such as diarrhoea, measles, HIV or Tuberculosis.  
 
When children suffer from acute malnutrition, their immune systems are so impaired that the risk of death is greatly increased. 
 
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malnutrition is the single greatest threat to the world’s public health, with 178 million malnourished children across the globe.  
 
The critical age for malnutrition is from six months – when mothers generally start supplementing breast milk – to 24 months. However, children under five, adolescents, pregnant or breastfeeding women, the elderly and the chronically ill are also vulnerable. 
 
In 2017, MSF admitted 81,300 malnourished children to its feeding programmes.