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Child hunger & malnutrition

Every child should have good food

Our movement's child health and nutrition programmes reached 27.9 million children in 2020.

Children going hungry isn’t new. But many of the reasons are: pandemics, rising food prices and more disasters caused by climate change.

It means that, even today, 1 in 4 children aren’t getting the nutritious food they need to explore a world of possibility. Here’s how we’re changing that.

Our hunger relief programs and nutrition programmes help millions every year.

Around the world, our teams provide counselling, breastfeeding support, malnutrition screening, vitamin supplements and cash transfers.

And we're pioneering new methods of predicting food crises, so governments can take action sooner.

How we're helping Fatima*

Momtaz* plays with her baby Kayas* in the Rohingya refugee camp

Momtaz's husband was killed while fleeing violence in Myanmar. When she arrived in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, Momtaz* couldn’t get enough food while breastfeeding Kayas*.

Both got seriously ill. So, we helped them recover - with help from big sister Noor, aged 7 -

"My mother had to stay at the hospital. I fed my sister the special food every day. I felt very sad. Now, I feel good.She eats well."

And we taught Momtaz what we know about nutrition, to give her family the best chance of staying healthy. That’s what every mother deserves.

“I want good for my children. I want them to study. As I have two children, I want to bring a change in them.”

*Names changed to protect identities

  • 45% of child deaths are linked to malnutrition.
  • Improved breastfeeding could prevent the death of 823K under-5s
  • In 2030, 129m children will suffer 'stunting'  as a result of hunger.

Here's a few of the things we're doing;

Northern Nigeria: Giving out small grants & dietary advice with DFID to help 60,000 pregnant women and mothers get the nutritious food they and their children need in their first 1000 days.

Niger: Tackling malnutrition in pregnant women & under 2s, focusing on breastfeeding and complementary feeding support. We're also teaching improved farming techniques & empowering women & girls to earn & save. 

South Sudan: Using community-based approaches to prevent malnutrition. We also run outpatient feeding programmes to help children stay healthy.

Yemen: Distributing food and cash grants to families. A major effort is to create safe spaces and provide support for mothers to breastfeed and improve the diet of their young children. The teams are also treating children for malnutrition.

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