An estimated 195 million children worldwide suffer from the effects of malnutrition, according to the nonprofit humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, with 90 percent of those children living in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The organization estimates that malnutrition contributes to at least one-third of the eight million annual deaths of children under 5.
To highlight this deepening crisis, Doctors Without Borders and VII Photo have launched a multimedia campaign, “Starved for Attention,” which documents the work of VII’s photojournalists, who traveled to malnutrition “hotspots” to explore both the causes of malnutrition and the innovative solutions taking hold in some areas.
Need to Know will be taking a closer look at the issues surrounding malnutrition during tomorrow’s show (Friday, June 16).
In the following video, photojournalist Jessica Dimmock visits hospitals and treatment centers in Burkina Faso, where she met and photographed mothers fighting for their children’s lives. More of the photojournalists’ stories, from Djibouti, Mexico, India and other areas of the world can be accessed from the video below.