Malnutrition in Malawi

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Malnutrition in Malawi

Concern Worldwide is working to prevent malnutrition in Malawi. An estimated 52% of the population live in poverty and health statistics are dire. 

Charity work in Malawi - children being weighed at St Mary’s Hospital, Dowa District, Malawi. Photo: Michael Hanley. Malnourished children

It is estimated that there are close to 250,000 acutely malnourished children below the age of five in Malawi. The causes of this high rate are varied, but include the prevalence of chronic diseases, such as TB and HIV and AIDS, poor farming methods and climatic shocks such as drought.

Our charity work

Concern is implementing Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC), an innovative approach to treat acutely malnourished children. It involves treating the majority of children at home using a specially manufactured food that is high in nutrients.

Preventing malnutrition

In Malawi, this food is a peanut paste and it is distributed readymade for the mother or carer to bring home and feed to the child. Some of the major benefits of this programme are that families are not split up and the decentralised nature of treatment means that more children can benefit.

With your support, we can supply the food and train local health office staff how to implement the Community-based Therapeutic Care programme. In addition, we will work with local organisations to help prevent malnutrition in the first place.

The target for this project is €300,000 (€100,000 a year for three years).

For more information, contact us at [email protected].