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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. 

 

 

19/07/2021

Central African Republic: Repeated attacks on medical care leave people vulnerable to disease and death

Over the past six months, MSF teams have witnessed dozens of health facilities ransacked, damaged and occupied by armed men. Armed incursions into hospitals have seen patients subjected to violence, physical abuse, interrogation and arrest.

10/07/2021

Vaccinating more children in Somalia’s Lower Juba region could save thousands from dying of measles

In May 2021, MSF supported Ministry of Health staff to run a month-long measles vaccination campaign in Dhobley, in Somalia’s Lower Juba region.

22/06/2021

Testimonies of people who lost safety in Zamfara

Rising violence in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state is causing a humanitarian crisis. MSF teams in Zamfara state have witnessed an alarming rise in preventable illnesses associated with a lack of food, drinking water, shelter and vaccinations.

21/06/2021

Nutritional crisis: MSF prepares for a major spike this year in southern Niger and north-western Nigeria

In the Maradi region of Niger and in the state of Katsina on the other side of the border in Nigeria, MSF is mobilising to expand its medico-nutritional activities  to cope with food shortage and the seasonal peak in malaria . 

21/06/2021

Sudan: Families surviving on mangoes after fleeing violence in Jebel Marra, Darfur

20 June 2021 –Thousands of people have been displaced without food, water or basic sanitation following clashes in Jebel Marra, South Darfur State.

15/06/2021

Disease, floods and drought: southern Somalia hit by repeated emergencies

Humanitarian needs are soaring in southern Somalia as Jubaland state is hit by repeated emergencies including severe droughts, flash floods and outbreaks of disease.

03/06/2021

Nigeria, MSF: Zamfara state gripped by humanitarian crisis as violence escalates

Abuja, 3 June 2021 – Rising violence in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state is causing a humanitarian crisis, warns international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today. MSF is calling for an urgent humanitarian response for people in the region, who are desperately short of food, drinking water, shelter, protection and basic services, including healthcare.

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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.