Malnutrition in Mauritania
Malnutrition is an underlying cause of death of 2.6 million children each year – a third of child deaths globally.
Two billion people in the world suffer from various forms of malnutrition. Malnutrition is an underlying cause of death of 2.6 million children each year – a third of child deaths globally.
1 in 4 of the world’s children are stunted; in developing countries this is as high as one in three.This means their bodies fail to develop fully as a result of malnutrition.
Undernutrition accounts for 11 per cent of the global burden of disease and is considered the number one risk to health worldwide.
Mauritania is characterized by many opportunities, given its people’s potential and its natural resources. It is also characterized by various challenges in the areas of child survival, development and protection.
The country continues to face a multidimensional crisis caused by food insecurity, a high rate of malnutrition, recurrent epidemics and an influx of refugees from northern Mali.
These shocks have contributed to increased vulnerability, particularly among children and women. Today, more than one child in 10 dies before his fifth birthday.