Help Save a Child from Malnutrition

Every minute matters for malnourished children. You can help save a child by providing urgent treatment and care.


About this appeal

Right now, in countries like Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Yemen, children are going hungry.

The impact of Covid-19, conflict and insecurity, drought and increased food prices are making it challenging for parents trying to keep their children healthy and well fed.

Children need the right food, at the right time for their brains and bodies to develop properly. When a child misses out on important vitamins and nutrients, this is when malnutrition occurs.

UNICEF has been treating malnourished children like Ghosson (above) for decades. And we'll continue to treat as many hungry children as we can - but we need your help.

You can help save a child from malnutrition, please donate $63* now.

Every minute matters when a child's life is on the line.

*$63 could provide 126 packets of emergency food for a malnourished child like Ghosson. This 6-week supply is enough to save a child from malnutrition.

"The world is facing a malnutrition crisis that worsens by the day" - UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

Malnutrition is a deadly threat to children’s survival.

A malnourished child is much more susceptible to illness and disease, and can suffer irreversible life-long physical and cognitive damage, or worse. Of all deaths of children under 5 years - 45% are linked to malnutrition**.

But the good news is, together we can reach and treat malnourished children.

UNICEF is the world's largest provider of emergency food, we call it Plumpy’nut. It’s a peanut paste, full of vitamins and nutrients, that we give to children suffering from malnutrition.

One packet of Plumpy’Nut costs just 50 cents - about the same price as a piece of fruit in Aotearoa!

3 packets of Plumpy’Nut a day, for around six weeks, can be all it takes to help a child survive malnutrition. That’s just $63 dollars to save a child from malnutrition.

Plumpy’Nut can be a lifesaver for kids. And so can you.

Please donate today to save a child from deadly malnutrition.



How will you help

Your donation enables UNICEF to continue our all-important lifesaving nutritional work for children and families.

You'll be ensuring we can screen, diagnose and treat malnourished children quickly. And help them recover their health and get the best start in life.

You'll be helping provide emergency food, therapeutic milk and micro-nutrient powder to malnourished children in the most need.

You'll be making sure mums, dads, and caregivers receive sound information and advice on childhood nutrition - leading to better outcomes for at risk children.

This year, with your help, we want to reach more children and save more lives. Your donation will help us reach the following goals*.


Update (1)

Appeal updates

Meet Ghosson Ibrahim.

Published on Wed Oct 13 2021


Little Ghosson Ibrahim is 18-months old. She lives in Yemen with her family.

When UNICEF first met Ghosson she was very ill. She had ensure endured five days of fever, a chest infection and watery diarrhoea. She was fading fast.

Her mother brought her to a UNICEF supported hospital, where her arm was measured at just 9.2cm in circumference.

“Doctors told me she was suffering from severe acute malnutrition” said Ghosson’s mother.

Ghosson needed urgent life-saving treatment.

Watch: Ghosson's story as told by her father

Thanks to UNICEF donors, Ghosson received medicines to fight the chest infection and diarrhoea. And once she was stabilised, she began specialised nutritional treatment to help her put on weight and recover.

“I started to notice that her condition is improving, as her weight was 5 kilos before and now it is 7 kilos” said Ghosson’s mother relieved.


While Ghosson recovers, at UNICEF we turn our attention to the many more malnourished children who need our help.

By the end of the year in Afganistan, UNICEF is bracing for half of all children under 5 to being suffering from malnutrition. That's 3.2 million boys and girls.

In Ethiopia's tigray region, we're expecting a ten-fold increase in the number of children experiencing malnutrition in the next 12 months.

UNICEF has decades of experience identifying and treating malnourished children. And while children like Ghosson remain in urgent need, we will continue reach as many as we can.

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