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270 million people at risk in 2021

In 2021, food is made to order in under 10 minutes, picked up in convenient packaging on street corners, and ordered on our phones and delivered to our door in 30 minutes.

Yet, the number of people facing starvation doubled in 2020. How did this happen? Hear from our experts

Three main causes for hunger

Ongoing conflict

Chronic poverty

Natural disasters

In the poorest of countries, the food supply of millions of people is threatened by a combination of crises. The effect of COVID-19 on struggling economies means meagre incomes are lost while food prices are on the rise. For years people have been living hand-to-mouth. This year, their hands are empty.


The unexpected side-effect of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is compounding suffering among the world’s poorest. Lockdowns, market closures, and disrupted supply chains have skyrocketing food prices at a time when families have even less money to spend. For millions of people around the world, there is simply no way to eat. 

Top 10 largest food crises

Number of people facing acute food insecurity.
Medair is working in six of the hardest-hit countries

Source: FSIN, GRFC, WFP 2020


Children suffer the most

Children are the most affected because their young and developing bodies are more vulnerable to problems related to hunger.

At six weeks, Angar weighed only 1.3 kg. Knowing their daughter was in danger, her parents walked 50 kilometres to bring her to Medair’s clinic in South Sudan, where she was treated for severe malnutrition and recovered.

A solution is possible

Medair has been treating the effects of hunger and preventing it in the first place for more than 30 years. We focus on the hardest-to-reach places where the most vulnerable people are often forgotten. Globally, we:

Treat malnutrition

We treat severely malnourished women and children in our clinics worldwide, and form ‘Care Groups’ in vulnerable communities to share important health messages.

Prevent malnutrition

We bring safe drinking water to communities, install handwashing stations, and carry out hygiene trainings to help prevent the spread of waterborne diseases, which can contribute to malnutrition.

Improve food security

In places like Afghanistan, we teach and equip communities to grow their own vegetables to ensure their children have the nutrients they need to grow up to be strong and healthy.

In 2019…


malnourished people were treated


people were taught life-saving health and nutrition practices


people gained better access to safe drinking water

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