Malnutrition in Sudan
Improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition expands opportunities for every child to reach his or her full potential.
Malnutrition is more than having too little food, malnutrition is a combination of various factors including insufficient protein, energy and micronutrients, frequent infections or disease, poor feeding practices, inadequate health services and unsafe water and sanitation. Malnutrition is preventable, children who are well nourished have a better chance of being healthy, able to develop, learn and be productive members of their community.
With thanks to our partners, UNICEF Sudan is better able to increase action and focus on nutrition to advance children’s wellbeing.
In Sudan, approximately 2.7 million children under five suffer from malnutrition annually, out of whom 522,000 suffer from severe acute malnutrition.
Nutritious diets give children a stronger chance of staying healthy, learning well at school and thriving for years to come.
Malnutrition is preventable, children who are well nourished have a better chance of being healthy, able to develop, learn and be productive members of their community.
Locally-grown Sudanese peanuts contain enough protein, fats and macronutrients to treat children with severe acute malnutrition which is a major cause of death in children under five.
Life-saving treatment such as the peanut-based Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) can ensure even those in the hardest to reach places can make a full recovery.