Case Study / Climate Change / Malnutrition

Cost of Living, Cost of Life: Healthcare & Climate Change

07/12/2022 12:22pm

One child dies every 13 seconds from hunger. 

An estimated 14 million children under the age of five worldwide suffer from severe acute malnutrition, also known as severe wasting, yet only 25 percent of acutely malnourished children have access to lifesaving treatment, a situation that is only getting worse due to climate change (Action Against Hunger).

Severe malnutrition is the most life threatening condition that is caused by hunger. If left untreated, over time malnutrition can result in stunting, where children’s growth and development are reduced, making them physically smaller than their age, as well as being more susceptible to illnesses and diseases. Malnutrition does not only affect children, but adults too, particularly those who have suffered from chronic hunger most of their life. 

‘During a recent visit to the malnutrition clinic, the Doctors Worldwide social worker pointed out Mutesi, who was sitting on the wall wearing a light green hoodie covering her head. Mutesi, on first appearance looks like a 12 year old girl. However Mutesi is not a child, but a 30 year old mother who has suffered from chronic hunger most of her life, resulting in stunting’

We often find that a malnourished patient is not the only one suffering; their immediate family are also experiencing chronic hunger on a daily basis too. Our project not only provides life-saving nutrition for them,, but a nutritional food pack for the whole family so that everyone has something to eat every day.

Hunger kills, but you can make a difference. Support us in providing medical care and food for the most vulnerable patients, like Mutesi, who experience chronic hunger and malnutrition every single day.

Situations like these are also not just happening in isolation. Climate activists are now more urgent than ever in highlighting the impact our ever changing environment will have on us all, especially those already more vulnerable across the world.

Did you know that between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition and malaria, to diarrhoea and heat stress. In addition, climate-sensitive health risks (lack of access to healthcare and social support structures) are disproportionately felt by the most vulnerable communities across the globe, who significantly also contribute the least to the many major environmental issues we face today (WHO)?

Together, we can serve hundreds more people in need, even with just £1 a day.

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