There are 195 million children in our world who are malnourished, Marilyn McHarg, General Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada has told me.
Malnutrition is a preventable and treatable condition. More than just the result of too little food, malnutrition occurs when people lack a diet of high-quality protein, essential fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Altogether, such a diet supports children’s growth and general development.
Proper nutrition is especially essential for children during the formative years – that is, the first 2 years of age. Unfortunately, too many countries are supplying and financing nutritionally substandard programs which don’t meet the nutritional needs of the children.
MSF/Doctors Without Borders is trying to establish an international consensus that countries will supply only the most appropriate nutritional composition of foods in their aid to the world’s malnourished children. An international standard should be established and funding should support it, Marilyn added.
165 million children need the change so hopefully MSF/Doctors Without Borders will be successful.