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Health

Ending malnutrition

Malnutrition isn’t just hunger. It’s a life-threatening condition that can rob children of the opportunity to live full and healthy lives. The International Rescue Committee believes that we can help the over 50 million children suffering from acute malnutrition every year and save the lives of nearly a million children over the next decade.

By the numbers

These dire statistics will only worsen as violence and famine overtake countries in need.

50 million

children worldwide suffer from acute malnutrition every year.

Even if treatment is available, few children are able to continue it until they successfully regain their health.

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80%

of children with acute malnutrition don’t have access to treatment.

IRC community health workers are bringing treatment for acute malnutrition directly to children at home.

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860,000

children in South Sudan are likely to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2019.

South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are three of the countries where families and IRC health workers work together every day to combat malnutrition.

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