Malnutrition is caused when people don’t have enough to eat, or their bodies are unable to absorb nutrients because of an illness.
Acute malnutrition weakens the body’s immune system, making it less able to fight off infections.
In cases of severe acute malnutrition, swelling of the stomach, face and legs, and changes in skin pigmentation can occur.
Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) uses ready-to-use therapeutic food to treat malnutrition. These are pre-packaged foods which contain all the nutrients the body needs, and don’t require any preparation.