Project information

Tackling Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide

7.6 million children die each year, a third due to malnutrition. Education about good eating practices and more fortified foods could save these children from sickness or starvation. With your help Save the Children will make sure that these children have enough of the right food to grow up healthy.

January 2011 - December 2013

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Save the Children

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  • Need


    Malnutrition can be a death sentence. 7.6 million children under five die every year; one third due to malnutrition. That’s 7,000 hunger-related child deaths every day. Malnutrition can also be a life sentence. A poor diet can cause stunting: impaired mental and physical development meaning children are unable to reach their potential in adulthood, and condemned to poverty. The world has enough food and enough knowledge to stop this. We just have to act.


    We have developed expertise in designing & implementing large scale nutrition programmes. Today, we are working on hunger and malnutrition in more than 30 countries around the world. We reach millions of children directly through our programmes, and have a strong voice on the global stage to persuade others join our cause. We will use a combination of direct intervention on the ground together with our ability to influence governments around the world to address the scandal of malnutrition.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To prevent or respond to malnutrition in more than 2 million children by the end of 2013


    » We will help mothers to breastfeed their babies, and give cash to the poorest families to buy more nutritious food.
    » We will give vitamin A to build children’s immunity and provide life-saving medical care for severely malnourished children.
    » We will campaign for others to join us: persuading governments to prioritise nutrition and encouraging companies to fortify foods.
    » We will get emergency food supplies to the worlds most vulnerable children living on the frontlines of conflict and disaster.

    The number of women and children we treat directly through our programmes; monitoring malnutrition in the areas where we work; the number of govts & supporters who support our work

  • Impact


    36 countries are home to 90% of malnourished children. The Lancet estimates that if nutrition interventions were scaled up to reach every child in these countries, approximately 25% of under-five deaths could be prevented, with a dramatic reduction in many illnesses. Our success will mean more children surviving past the age of five. Effective collaboration with governments will be demonstrated by nutrition best practice being mainstreamed into health policies, becoming permanent.


    The greatest risk this project faces is failing in our ambition. The loss of a child’s life due to hunger is a tragedy for the mother, the father and their siblings and a failure of the world to uphold their right to life. For those who survive, poorly-nourished children are unable to grow well and contribute to the world around them. The needless deaths of 7.6 million children each year and the stunted development of millions more is ultimately a risk to long-term peaceful development.


    Save the Children produces an annual report for our supporters to demonstrate the impact that the Save the Children’s work is having on the lives of hundreds of thousands of children around the world.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000,000 Malnutrition programming Cost of work varies according to sector and region.
  • Background


    Save the Children works in over 120 countries worldwide. In each place we work with the poorest, most remote and vulnerable families to reach the children who need us most. Our nutrition programmes are focused in places where acute malnutrition rates regularly surpass emergency thresholds and where children’s chance of a peaceful future is stifled by chronic food shortages, whether through drought, flooding, local conflict or over-population.


    Our nutrition work aims to reach 2 million children aged under five by the end of 2013. Malnutrition hits youngest children hardest, so we focus our work on children aged under five to have maximum impact with our resources. Breast milk is a child’s best defence against malnutrition, so we work with mothers to help them breastfeed their babies. A mother’s health is inextricably linked to their child’s, so we will also provide supplements to women to help them stay healthy during pregnancy.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ave the Children has been working to save children’s lives and uphold their rights for over 90 years. Fighting hunger has been central to our work from the start, feeding starving children in Europe after the First World War, and mounting an operation to feed 650,000 children in the Russian famine in 1921. With a global reach covering more than 120 countries, and millions of supporters worldwide, we are ideally placed to stop the deaths of millions of children every year through malnutrition.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Justin Forsyth: Chief Executive

    Justin’s experience in government and the charity sector shows an impressive record campaigning to overcome poverty and injustice around the world.

    Greg Ramm: Director, Global Programmes

    Greg has worked for Save the Children since 1998 in a range of roles, chiefly in Africa, & has been involved in international development for 30 years

    Gareth Owen: Humanitarian Director

    Gareth has spent the last 20 years working in the humanitarian sector. He has led our response to every major emergency since his appointment in 2008.