2-13 | Despite the large-scale response to the nutritional crisis from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and many other organisations, tens of thousands of children suffered from malnutrition in Niger in 2010. In spite of better harvests, 2011 also looks set to be a critical year.
1-4 | In 2010, a particularly devastating “hunger season” in Niger threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands of young children. The effective humanitarian response demonstrated just how far strategies to tackle malnutrition have improved in recent years.
11-12 | MSF teams in Niger are particularly on alert in the period between July and November. Malnourished children are at risk of contracting malaria and many who are already suffering from it become extremely vulnerable as a result of the combination. Malaria further reduces appetite among these children, weakening them further and creating a deadly spiral from which it is difficult to escape. During this period, MSF treated nearly 130,000 children suffering from malaria in the Maradi, Zinder, Tahoua and Agadez regions.
10-12 | Top donor countries must end double standard of supplying nutritionally substandard foods to young children in malnutrition ‘hotspots’
G8: Reform food aid system and generate sustained funding resources for global health to reduce childhood malnutrition
6-22 | World leaders meeting at the G8 and G20 summits will not succeed in improving mother and child health in the developing world unless they fundamentally change how they address malnutrition and establish new sustainable funding sources to combat this treatable and preventable condition, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.