You can probably tell just by looking at five-year-old Marcia that she’s suffering the effects of malnutrition. Look closely. Her hair is brittle and she has dry skin. Her growth is stunted and she doesn’t have the energy you’d expect in children her age.
What is malnutrition?
Malnutrition isn’t the same as hunger. Malnutrition occurs when a person’s diet doesn't contain enough nutrient-rich food, or when their body can’t absorb the nutrients they eat.
Marcia’s problems began when her parents were displaced from their land. They’ve struggled to grow enough food ever since.
Like all caring mums and dads, Marcia’s parents were desperate to help their child and gave her all the food they could. However, potentially deadly worms in their daughter’s digestive system fed off any nutrients she consumed and she became malnourished.
How we’re helping
We’re providing Marcia and her community with vital medicine and tools to help families grow their own food. But we still need to protect many other children from malnutrition.
Help Christian Aid’s work to prevent malnutrition. Donate today to ensure children like Marcia get the simple food and medicine that could save them.
Join our ongoing work to provide communities with life-saving food and medicine
£13 could provide four children with a year's supply of vital medicine and nutritious food supplement to set them on the road to recovery.
£9 is enough to provide a child like Marcia with de-worming medicine and food supplement for the vital first 1,000 days of their life.
£40 could provide a family like Marcia’s with the essentials they need to grow a kitchen garden full of nourishing fruit and vegetables.
£18 is enough to give a child a six-month supply of a nutritious food supplement to help build their strength.
Malnutrition: the facts
Every 10 seconds a child dies as a result of malnutrition
3 million children die every year as a result of malnutrition
If a child doesn’t get the vital nutrients in the first 1,000 days of life this can impair physical and brain development, making them more vulnerable to illness and death.