Philanthropy Global Malnutrition Appeal
Obsinale, one year old, is recovering from malnutrition in Somalia. She came here with her twin sister who just got discharged after fully recovering.
Obsinale, one year old, is recovering from malnutrition in Somalia. She came here with her twin sister who just got discharged after fully recovering.
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The pandemic has dramatically intensified a pre-existing global child malnutrition crisis – there are 2.5 times as many severely food insecure people on earth now as pre-pandemic and a staggering 1 in 3 of the world’s under-5s are suffering from malnutrition. And as shockwaves of the war in Ukraine reverberate around the world – sending prices for fuel, wheat and other staples skyrocketing – millions more people are being tipped over the edge. 

Among a growing list of global ‘hunger hotspots’ a crisis in the Horn of Africa teeters on the brink of total catastrophe. The worst drought in 40 years and a fourth consecutive failed rainy season have pushed more than one million people from their homes in search of food and water. Seven million livestock have perished.  In Somalia 386,000 children need life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition. Disease – taking the lives of malnourished children at 11 times the rate of healthy children – stalks the region.  

What was already a tidal wave of malnutrition across the globe today looms as a tsunami, seemingly unstoppable. Yet there is nothing inevitable about malnutrition. It is within our power to change this story. UNICEF, with the support of its donors, is changing it every day. 

Philanthropy Global Malnutrition Appeal

UNICEF is calling on humanitarian philanthropists across Australia to support us as we respond to the child malnutrition crisis worldwide.   

Malnutrition – including at the unprecedented levels we’re seeing now – is solvable. We can feel powerless in the face of crises of this magnitude, far from home and our own experience, but in fact, the opposite is true. It’s the third time in just over a decade Somalia, for example, has been threatened by a malnutrition crisis brought on by drought and rapidly increasing cost of living. The first, in 2011, saw 260,000 people, mostly children, succumb to starvation and disease. 

But in similar situations in 2016 and 2017, early warning systems kicked in, the alarm was sounded and an international community of humanitarians stepped up to support the local response. Enough money was raised, crisis was averted and a famine didn’t happen. Donors to UNICEF helped make this possible.  

Nathaniel lives in Dili Municipality, Timor-Leste.
Nathaniel lives in Dili Municipality, Timor-Leste.
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In countries like Timor-Leste, where chronic malnutrition already affects 48% of children under 5, the same global factors increasing malnutrition are putting vast numbers of children at significant risk of the lifelong impacts. Families are under increasing pressure to provide sufficient and nutritionally diverse food to meet their children’s essential needs. And if we miss the critical first 1,000 days, it is almost impossible to catch up. 

In a narrowing window of opportunity to act, UNICEF is calling on humanitarian philanthropists across Australia to step up with us as we respond to the child malnutrition crisis worldwide.   

How can my investment help support malnourished children?

  • 5k - $5,000 could provide 8,873 sachets of Plumpy Nut a peanut paste that can literally save a child's life from severe malnutrition in as little as six weeks. Just three sachets a day can be all it takes to save a child’s life.
  • 10k - $10,000 could provide 119 Emergency Food Rations. When families are most in need, an emergency food ration can help a child survive.  
  • 15k - $15,000 could provide 2,448 therapeutic milk sachets which contains the specific balance of energy, fats, protein and minerals that is needed by acutely malnourished children. 

Philanthropy Global Malnutrition Appeal

UNICEF is calling on humanitarian philanthropists across Australia to support us as we respond to the child malnutrition crisis worldwide.   

$1

    How do we use each dollar donated?

  • 10¢
    10 cents per dollar covers the essential administrative costs of raising public awareness and fundraising to generate more support for UNICEF’s emergency response.
  • 90¢
    90 cents of every dollar donated to this emergency goes directly to our emergency response work in the field.

Bank Details

Account Name: UNICEF Australia
BSB: 012010
Account Number: 837541992

Please use reference:
‘Your Name, Philanthropy Malnutrition Appeal’

* Please email philanthropy@unicef.org.au to advise your donation has been made so we can arrange for the tax deductible receipt to be emailed out.