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Facts on Malnutrition

  • Treatment & Children

    Only 3% of the 20 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition each year receive the treatment they need

    Last updated 21 April 2014

  • MSF & Acute Malnutrition

    In 2009, MSF medical teams treated 250,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition in 116 programmes in 34 countries

    Last updated 21 April 2014

  • World Bank & Nutrition Programs

    The World Bank estimates that US $12 billion a year is needed to scale up effective nutrition programs that meet current needs

    Last updated 21 April 2014

  • Weakening Resistance

    Malnutrition weakens resistance and increases the risk of dying from pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, measles or AIDS, five diseases that are responsible for half of the 9.8 million deaths in children under five every year

    Last updated 21 April 2014

  • Undernutrition

    Malnutrition, specifically undernutrition, is a serious medical condition marked by a deficiency of energy, essential proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals in a diet

    Last updated 21 April 2014

  • Malnutrition Damage

    Most of the damage caused by malnutrition occurs in children before they reach their second birthday

    Last updated 21 April 2014

  • Child Deaths

    Malnutrition contributes to one third of the 8 million deaths of children under 5 every year

    Last updated 21 April 2014

  • Severe Acute Malnutrition

    At least 20 million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), and another 175 million are undernourished

    Last updated 21 April 2014

  • Nutrient Rich Diets & Children

    Without access to nutrient rich diets, 9 children will die every minute of causes related to malnutrition

    Last updated 21 April 2014

  • Malnutrition & Children

    An estimated 195 million children are affected by malnutrition worldwide

    Last updated 21 April 2014

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