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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. 

 

 

17/05/2021

Food and nutrition crisis in Madagascar: “It’s hard to find the words to describe what I witnessed.”

Since the end of March, MSF teams have been responding to one of the worst food and nutrition crises ever experienced in southern Madagascar. Prior to deploying medical personnel, an exploratory team was sent to Amboasary district to conduct logistical and health assessments – actions essential to the rollout of an effective humanitarian response. One of the team was Jean Pletinck, an experienced logistician who has worked with MSF for 28 years. Jean describes the catastrophic living conditions of people in remote regions of southern Madagascar

17/05/2021

As famine looms in southern Madagascar, MSF appeals for massive increase in emergency food aid

Antananarivo/Paris, 17 May 2021 – An immediate and massive increase in food aid is urgently needed for people in southern Madagascar, says international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), whose teams in the region are witnessing an exceptionally severe malnutrition crisis which in some places borders on famin

04/05/2021

Ethiopia: People in rural Tigray hit by impact of crisis and humanitarian neglect

Many of Tigray’s six million people live in mountainous and rural areas where they are all but invisible to the outside world. While teams of aid workers have been deployed to the main cities of this northern Ethiopian region over recent months, aid is failing to reach more remote communities, where the impact of the conflict has often been severe. Many people have been unable to access healthcare and other basic services for the past six months and are still living in fear.

A woman carries tree branches to construct a new house in Pibor town
22/10/2020

South Sudan: Severe flooding worsens in many areas, raising health risks

The needs for medical care are increasing with a sharp rise in malaria cases and fears of outbreaks of other diseases.

13/10/2020

Healthcare on donkeys, Darfur, Sudan

Nasteh Shukri Mahamud,  is a nurse and MSF medical team leader in Rokero, Central Darfur. He describes what it's like providing healthcare in this isolated and volatile region. 

Mothers during the follow up weekly visit with their child suffering from malnutrition.
23/07/2020

“Simplifying isn’t as simple as it sounds!”

We talk to nutrition advisor Béatrice Mounier about simplifying the protocol for diagnosing and managing acute malnutrition in Niger. 

16/07/2020

Burkina Faso: Living conditions worsen for displaced people as violence escalates and rainy season begins

The number of displaced people seeking safety in Burkina Faso’s Centre-North region has almost doubled in six months to 386,000 as a result of growing insecurity and violence. 

An MSF team talks to a group of men in Dar Zaghawa, in North Darfur state
30/06/2020

Sandstorms, Donkeys and Tobacco

After 13 years of work in Tawila, a focal point of the Darfur conflict in Sudan, MSF has handed over medical activities to local authorities. This town suffered attacks that forced people to flee and hosted waves of displaced populations escaping violence.

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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.