Maria John, 2, who has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition, drinks a ration of therapeutic milk, which is rich in nutrients and easy to digest, at a UNICEF supported inpatient stabilization centre in Al Sabbah Children’s Hospital, South Sudan. When Maria was first admitted to the inpatient centre she weighed just over 6 kilograms.
Malnutrition contributes to one-third of all preventable child deaths. Every year, around 3 million children die due to undernutrition. For millions more, chronic malnutrition will result in stunting – an irreversible condition that literally stunts the physical and cognitive growth of children.
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