MALNUTRITION AND HIGH INFANT MORTALITY

Children are particularly affected by the hunger crisis in Africa. There are far too many starving kids in Africa, every single affected kid is one too much. Malnutrition leads to physical and mental development delays and disorders and is a major cause of high infant mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to UN data, 165 million children worldwide are too small for their age, or stunted, due to chronic malnutrition. 


Three quarters of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. In sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of children are affected; in South Asia, 39%.3.2 million children under the age of 5 die each year in sub-Saharan Africa - that's about half of the world's deaths in this age group.Worldwide, nearly every second death in children under the age of five is due to malnutrition. As this weakens the immune system, diseases such as pneumonia, malaria or diarrhea often lead to death.


The sub-Saharan child mortality rate is one of the highest in the world, with one in nine children dying before the age of 5. In Sierra Leone, one in every six children dies before the age of 5.

Especially young children die in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.



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