Over 17.3 million children worldwide suffer from severe acute malnutrition, also known as severe Wasting. This occurs when a child is undernourished, and they at the risk of dying. Most severely malnourished children live in Asia and Africa.
Nigeria has the highest rate of malnourished children in the world at around 1.9 million children each year.
As recently as ten years ago, treatment for severe undernourishment have been carried out in hospital. In Nigeria, an innovative community-based approach led by the government is reaching large numbers of children far more than a limited number of hospital beds would ever allow (Children Investment Fund Foundation, 2015).
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