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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 responds to East Africa food crisis

Caritas responds to East Africa food crisis

  • 8 June 2017
Caritas is currently funding 140 aid projects aimed at providing assistance for more than 4.3 million people in need. Around two thirds of Caritas programmes focus on food security and livelihoods.
  • Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

  • 28 April 2017
Drought and civil conflict have led to food crises across East Africa. Parts of South Sudan are already experiencing famine. The humanitarian situation in Somalia is rapidly deteriorating.