Good nutrition is the bedrock of child survival and development. Well-nourished children are stronger and more resilient. They are better able to grow, learn, play and participate in school and their communities. 

Yet, sadly, there are starving children around the world who are highly vulnerable to life-threatening diseases. Almost 8 million children are at risk of dying from severe malnutrition without immediate treatment. That’s one child every 60 seconds in 15 crisis-hit countries. While closer to home in Asia Pacific, many families don’t have equal access to nutritious, safe and affordable food or safe and clean water. 

With the malnutrition crisis rapidly escalating around the world, how much do you know about starving children and malnutrition? Let’s put your knowledge to the test. The answers may surprise you!            

The Global Malnutrition Quiz

 
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At only eight months old, baby Danyal received life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported children’s ward in Afghanistan.© UNICEF/UN0579299/Qayoumi

The global malnutrition crisis explained

Around the world, families are doing all they can to ensure their children are healthy, but the challenges of conflict and extreme weather conditions are proving too much to bear. The war in Ukraine is causing food prices to soar, while worldwide devastating floods and persistent droughts continue to drive up children’s food and nutrition insecurity. This is culminating into catastrophic levels of severe malnutrition in children under five.

Learn more about malnutrition and how you can make a difference.   

Fearlessly deliver life-saving supplies

The escalating global food crisis is forcing one additional child to suffer from malnutrition every minute. Please help us deliver life-saving supplies such as therapeutic milk and food to children in need.

A Sudanese mother feeding her child therapeutic milk to treat malnutrition.
© UNICEF/UN0686577/Abdalrasol