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Nutrition for children affected by food shortages in Malawi

Plan International is working in communities affected by food shortages in Malawi to ensure that children receive the nutrition they need to thrive.

Nutrition, Food, Emergency Response
A young girl eats a nutritious soya blend distributed by Plan International to communities affected by food shortages.

In the first few months of 2015, Malawi experienced torrential rains which led to the worst flooding the country had seen in 50 years. The yearly crop production was affected and, consequently, the country has experienced severe food insecurity.

Impact on Children

From our experience in crises, we know that food shortages can detrimentally affect children. They are often forced to drop out of school to work and make money for their family.

Girls often become domestic workers and boys can take to begging on the streets or are made to work in hazardous conditions requiring heavy physical labour.

Furthermore malnutrition, which is linked to 45% of all child deaths*, becomes rife when children do not receive the nutrition they need to grow and develop, and remain resilient to disease and crises.

We are committed to ensuring that children access their right to education and a healthy start in life. Our relief efforts are providing children suffering from food shortages with the nutrition they need to thrive.

Relief Response

Plan International has been working in 3 districts, Kasungu, Mzimba and Karonga, to provide emergency relief to communities affected by food shortages.

As part of our efforts, we are distributing food packages – comprised of maize, pulses and vegetable oil – to thousands of households.

We also distribute super-cereal rations to those who are most vulnerable to malnutrition, namely pregnant women, nursing mothers and children between 6-23 months old.

To date, over 38,300 boys and girls have benefited from our emergency relief response.

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