Malnutrition kills more than 3 million children every year - study

June 6, 2013

"Nearly half of all deaths among children under five - 3.1 million deaths a year - are caused by malnutrition, according to a new series of reports released on Thursday. The 2013 Lancet series on maternal and child nutrition also estimated that stunting, a form of malnutrition which causes a child to be too small for his or her age, affected at least 165 million children worldwide in 2011, with Africa and Asia showing the highest prevalence. 'Understanding that 45 percent of all child mortality (under) five is underlined by undernutrition is major,' Sandra Matuma, senior nutrition adviser at charity Action Against Hunger told Thomson Reuters Foundation at the launch of the study in London. 'We need to know that to push governments, to invest in treatments, prevention, strategies... (This series) provides evidence-based information for advocacy.'"