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10 facts on child health

A child eating ready-to-use therapeutic food, Malawi
Project Peanut Butter / Mark Manary

In 2012, about 17 million children suffered from severe wasting

Almost half of the under-five child deaths are associated malnutrition. Severe acute malnutrition leaves children more vulnerable to serious illness and high probability of dying. Most children can be successfully treated at home with ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF). Globally, in 2012, an estimated 162 million children below 5 years of age, were stunted and 99 million were underweight.

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