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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

  • Caritas Latin America and Caribbean discuss hunger

Caritas Latin America and Caribbean discuss hunger

  • 17 October 2014
Between 20 and 24 October, Celam and Caritas organisations from 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will gather in Colombia to discuss "With justice and solidarity, we all fit at the table".
  • World Food Day: We can end hunger by 2025

World Food Day: We can end hunger by 2025

  • 16 October 2014
On World Food Day, the humanitarian and development organisation of the Catholic Church, Caritas Internationalis says the world has the resources to end hunger by 2025.
  • Act now to stop famine in South Sudan

Act now to stop famine in South Sudan

  • 15 October 2014
Caritas has launched an emergency appeal for €2.5 million, (US$3 million) to help over 50,000 of the neediest people as severe food crisis looms in early 2015.