What we do
Evaluating nutritional needs
To assess the root causes of a malnutrition outbreak, we collect baseline data on key nutritional indicators like resources, cultural practices, infrastructure and geography. These nutrition surveys are essential for mounting an effective, customised response.
Treating malnourished children
Thanks to the development of cost effective new treatments, we can now save lives on a scale never before imagined. We identify, diagnose and treat malnourished children in the community, providing parents with therapeutic food for their children in less severe cases, and providing round-the-clock care in health centres in more urgent ones. You can read examples of how we help local comunities on our blog.
Preventing acute malnutrition
Our prevention activities provide therapeutic food to children discharged from therapeutic care, children with moderate acute malnutrition, and children in communities faced with seasonal hunger. Prevention can save millions of lives while long-term solutions are developed.
Promoting good nutritional and care practices
Children are more likely to be well-nourished if parents know how to provide the care and support they need. So we ensure women have adequate food and rest before and after birth, promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life, encourage play and interaction, and educate them around illness, hygiene and food preparation.
Building local capacity and strengthening health systems
We strengthen public health systems and boost their ability to address life-threatening malnutrition by training health care workers to treat the condition. They can then reach more children in their own communities, share their expertise and promote good health and care practices.
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