Malnutrition in Biltine (Chad)

Malnutrition

More than 232 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.

 

Quick facts about malnutrition

 
MSF clinic in Zamzam camp, North Darfur, Sudan.
Sudan

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View of mother and child waiting at MSF clinic in Zamzam camp, 15 km from El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan.
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Malnutrition

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