Malnutrition

It's not just about hunger...

Overview

By the time you finish reading this sentence, nine children will die because their diet lacks the essential nutrients to sustain life. Malnutrition weakens a child's immune system which makes them more vulnerable to catching diseases. There are 178 million malnourished children across the globe.

Spotlight on India

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Fighting malnutrition in Bihar

There are approximately eight million severely malnourished children across India. Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been providing lifesaving care in the Darbhanga district of Bihar to children suffering from malnutrition since 2009. MSF has treated over 13,000 children under the age of 5. The healthcare program works mainly as an outpatient facility which allows children to stay at home and allows MSF teams to respond to more children in a short amount of time. On March 1, 2014, The State Health Society, Bihar, opened a malnutrition intensive care unit to treat the most complicated cases of severe acute malnutrition. MSF will help train thousands of medical staff and build capacity in the unit.


MSF also runs projects in Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, and Nagaland.

Join in the Fight Against Malnutrition

Ready-to-use-therapeutic foods (RUTFs) are the most effective way to treat and prevent malnutrition. Just 75 dirhams buys a four week supply of plumpy'nut, a fortified peanut butter stuffed with milk and vitamins. Malnutrition is not just a result of hunger. It is vital to make sure that children receive proper nutrition to lead a healthy life.
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