Imagine trying to fight off famine and locusts — on top of COVID-19. Parents living in crisis zones across countries in East Africa are asking the same question: “How am I going to feed my children?”
Malnutrition contributes to the deaths of approximately 3 million children under the age of five each year. Experts anticipate a rise in the number of malnourished children in 2020 as a result of COVID-19. The World Food Programme recently projected that the pandemic could double the number of people suffering acute hunger to more than a quarter of a billion by December 2020. And now, a historic locust outbreak threatens millions with starvation.
Poor nutrition is often life-threatening—but almost always avoidable. The International Rescue Committee has developed a groundbreaking approach to treating child malnutrition. By creating a unified treatment programme, bringing treatment straight to the children in their homes and communities, and scaling up funding and political will, we believe we can save the lives of nearly a million children over the next decade. But we can't do it without your support.
Please make an immediate donation to support our work, and help us end child malnutrition. Your gift will help us reach families in the East Africa region and more than 40 countries worldwide.
You can read more about the IRC's approach to treating child malnutrition here.