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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. 

 

 

03/08/2022

DRC: displaced communities are losing hope as the M23 crisis drags on in North Kivu

Tens of thousands of people are still displaced in Rutshuru and Nyiragongo territories due to the renewed conflict between the M23 armed group and the Congolese army in North Kivu.

10/07/2022

Out of sight: neglected malnutrition crisis threatens tens of thousands of children in northwest Nigeria

In the area of Gummi, Zamfara state, MSF teams conducted a screening of more than 36,000 children under five years old in June, following a nutrition alert. The results were alarming, as more than half the children were found to be malnourished.

01/07/2022

Nigeria: Urgent humanitarian response needed to avoid deadly consequences in Borno

Even though the peak hunger gap season had barely begun,  more malnourished patients arrived at our nutrition centre in Maiduguri this May and June than at any time since the project opened 

29/06/2022

“I see people collapsing, physically exhausted. They clearly haven’t had enough food for a while.”

Sami Al-Subaihi is MSF’s Emergency Project Coordinator in Twic County in Warrap State, South Sudan. He shares his urgent concerns for more than 20,000 people who fled violent clashes in and around Agok in Abyei Special Administrative Area, more than four months ago, and who are now living in six makeshift displacement camps. 

28/06/2022

MSF in East Darfur: From emergency response to building up essential medical care for refugees and host communities

Since 2017, Sudan’s East Darfur state has hosted tens of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict in South Sudan. For the past five years, teams from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have provided refugees and local communities with medical care. In June 2022, MSF hands over its medical activities to the Sudanese Ministry of Health.

20/06/2022

From child refugee to MSF HR manager - the story of Moses Soro

"Because without MSF, maybe I’d be dead. Like my brothers, like my cousins, like all the people who didn’t make it "

MOH staff at the hospital during a malnutrition screening in Dupti hospital, Afar.
09/06/2022

MSF raises alert over alarming indications of large-scale nutritional crisis in Ethiopia's Afar region

Many people in Afar cannot access the very minimum levels of healthcare, food and water necessary to sustain human life

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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.