Starved for Attention
An estimated 195 million children worldwide suffer from the effects of malnutrition, with 90 percent living in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
In fact, malnutrition contributes to at least one-third of the eight million annual deaths of children under five years of age.
Many families simply cannot afford to provide nutritious food—particularly animal source foods such as milk, meat, and eggs—that their young children need to grow and thrive.
Instead, they struggle to survive on a diet of little more than cereal porridges of maize or rice, amounting to the equivalent of bread and water.
Right now, the international humanitarian food aid system provides nutritionally inadequate foods to malnourished children under two years of age—the population most vulnerable to this treatable and preventable condition.
This situation must stop now…
Sign the “Starved for Attention” online petition to support MSF efforts to demand that governments supplying humanitarian food aid ensure that the food meets the nutritional needs of infants and young children.
On World Food Day 2010, MSF will present the petition to the top food aid donor countries.