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Caritas and Malnutrition

Caritas and Malnutrition

Inadequate nutrition has a huge impact on poor and vulnerable people. It damages their health and their chances to succeed in life. Malnutrition – the lack of enough of the right vitamins, minerals and proteins in the right balance – is devastating on the lives of young children. Their physical and mental capacities are reduced or damaged, particularly if they do not have proper nutrition in the first 1000 days of life.

Caritas teaches communities about the importance of eating well and of growing the right foodstuffs. It helps them access nutritious food by changing what they grow and training them to prepare for when disaster strikes. In times of emergency, Caritas programmes provide food distributions and supplementary feeding for the most vulnerable, especially mothers and children.

Caritas updates on malnutrition

  • Ethiopia hit by drought and food shortages

Ethiopia hit by drought and food shortages

  • 19 September 2016
Demand for aid has risen dramatically. More than 10.2 million people now need emergency food assistance, 1.2 million women and children need supplementary food aid, 400,000 children are suffering from severe malnutrition.
  • Breaking Bread towards zero hunger

Breaking Bread towards zero hunger

  • 16 September 2016
Different community and faith leaders will come together on the evening of 21 September at the United Nations in New York to “break bread” in a celebration of a shared commitment to achieving zero hunger in our lifetime.
  • Millions of drought-hit Zimbabweans face hunger

Millions of drought-hit Zimbabweans face hunger

  • 13 September 2016
In some of the worst-hit parts of the country, between a half and two-thirds of households are going hungry. caritas is feeding school children and poor farming families.