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Therapeutic diet to combat severe malnutrition

Therapeutic diet to combat severe malnutrition

According to UNHCR data, in the last year almost 60 million people have been displaced by force, 20 million of them are refugees and over half are children. The majority of these displaced people are found on the African continent due to armed conflicts and poverty.

In Africa, these two factors- wars and poverty- are present on a terrifying scale. It is rare to find a country that has not had strong social, political or ethnic tensions. Unfortunately, this fact means these people are forced to choose between staying and dying, or running away, knowing that they face risks such as detention, torture and forced recruitment. Unfortunately, this fact means these people are forced to choose between staying and dying, or running away, knowing that they face risks such as detention, torture and forced recruitment.

Some of the problems that affect refugees are undernutrition and food insecurity. About a third of deaths in children are believed to be due to undernutrition, and more than 12.340 children die of hunger every day.

With the “Hungry for help” project, ACNUR aims to both increase food rations of refugee families and to identify and treat malnutrition in children under 5 by preforming medical examinations and providing therapeutic feeding to babies and children.

hungry for help

Thanks to help from mequedouno users, we have successfully raised 3.600€ that will help 66 babies and children to receive a month of a therapeutic diet that will help them to combat severe malnutrition. With this, we will help to avoid several malnutrition and food insecurity consequences such as the risk of higher rates of disease and infant mortality, the higher likelihood of suffering physical and / or mental illness, increased dropout rates especially among girls and many other consequences.

Thanks mequedouno for being an ecommerce with cause, and thanks to their users for helping babies and children to combat severe malnutrion.

With this project, we have 30 funded projects!

The Worldcoo team.

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