05 October 2022

Stopping one of the biggest threats to child survival

Many people have never heard of severe wasting , also known as ‘severe acute malnutrition’. But that doesn’t change how excruciatingly painful the condition – which is caused by a lack of nutritious food and repeated bouts of diseases such as diarrhoea, measles and malaria – is for the millions of children battling it. Children with severe wasting…, Detection, Young children who have gone without food rapidly lose a lot of bodyweight, often exacerbated by bouts of infectious diarrhoea, until they become so thin and weak that they are unable to eat normally. It can take all of a child’s energy just to keep breathing. UNICEF works with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to develop…, Treatment, A mother comforts her severely malnourished child at stabilisation centre in Hargeisa, Somaliland. A mother comforts her severely malnourished child at a stabilization centre in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Hundreds of thousands of children in Somalia are at risk of developing severe wasting. Three consecutive seasons of failed rains, combined with…, Prevention, A mother in Yemen receives information on nutrition and other health issues in a village in Taizz governorate, Yemen. A mother in Yemen receives information on nutrition and other health issues in a village in Taiz governorate, Yemen. In Yemen, UNICEF is working with partners to empower new and expecting mothers with accurate information on…