Malnutrition medition

Child malnutrition is globally the leading cause of death for children under age 5. The World Health Organization estimates there are 178 million children that are malnourished across the globe, and at any given moment, 20 million suffering from the most severe form of malnutrition.

Malnutrition contributes to between 3.5 and 5 million annual deaths of children under 5 years of age. Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) estimates that only 3 percent of the 20 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition receive the lifesaving treatment they need. There are many millions of children with mild to moderate malnutrition left completely unattended and untreated.

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The critical age is between six and 24 months. At six months, mothers usually start supplementing breast milk with other foods. Yet, in ‘malnutrition hotspots’, such as Africa and South Asia, adequate food is either too expensive or simply not available. Ensuring a complete balanced diet for children is a significant challenge that requires an urgent response. To maintain health and growth, young children need 40 essential nutrients. Those who do not get them become malnourished, a condition that contributes to more than five million deaths in children under five each year.

What are the consequences of malnutrition?

Malnutrition is associated with half of all deaths in children under the age of five each year. The risk of death is particularly high for children with severe acute malnutrition, up to 20 times higher than a healthy child.

If a child is born and does not die within first month of life, most of the time it receives fully nutritional breast milk usually within the first 6 months of life. Once mothers stop breastfeeding, many children become malnourished and take a dive. If you don’t catch it the child is placed into risk. Without adequate protein, vitamin and fat intake they start developing nutritional deficiencies, become more vulnerable and those most vulnerable die. As a result there are millions of children who due to malnutrition within the first 3 years of life do not get their brains fully developed and both by intellectual capacity and later by short stature suffer throughout life. Situation in Madagascar; Madagascar has now population of 20 million people. Most people live on less than 1 dollar a day, and I have seen many situations of less than 1 dollar / week. About 80% live in rural bamboo hut villages spread throughout the country. Many sources including our several years of data show that approximately 50 % of children are malnourished.

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