Over Half a Million Children At Risk of Malnutrition in Malawi

At least 573,000 children under five are at risk of suffering from malnutrition in Malawi, UNICEF warns. Despite recent progress in reducing chronic malnutrition, acute food insecurity - compounded by recurrent climate shocks, preventable disease outbreaks, economic instability, and chronic underfunding in the social sectors - threatens to reverse past gains.

Malawi is still grappling with the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Freddy in March 2023, with 659,000 people currently internally displaced, including many children. Meanwhile, an ongoing cholera outbreak in the country has already claimed 1,759 lives.

UNICEF says it needs U.S.$88 million to address food insecurity for millions of people in Malawi.


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