Malnutrition is linked to nearly half of all childhood deaths.
And yet the world produces enough food each year to feed everyone living on earth. Does that seem fair to you?
The effects of malnutrition, or not having the right nutrients, can have devastating long term consequences for children. It can cause irreversible damage to a child’s brain development, immune system or physical growth.
And severe acute malnutrition, which is when a child weighs 70% below the normal healthy weight, can have devastating effects on children such as wasting, suffering from oedema or stunting.
In particular the first 1000 days from a child’s conception to just under their second birthday is the most important time for children to receive the right nutrition.
With help from people like you, UNICEF has reduced the number of children who are stunted from malnutrition by nearly 100 million since 1990.