Bring International Attention to Malnourished Ethiopian Children

The effect of drought and rising food prices in some parts of Ethiopia is headline news, yet few people know the truth of the situation.

Children are the most vulnerable to nutritional deficits and the first to succumb when there is not enough food to go around. The Government of Ethiopia estimates that 75,000 children under the age of five live with severe acute malnutrition. And 25 to 50 percent of children with severe acute malnutrition are likely to die if they don't receive proper treatment.

But there is hope for the children of Ethiopia. UNICEF-supported therapeutic feeding programs have been set up around Ethiopia following the establishment of a national protocol for severe acute malnutrition. This approach has revolutionized the treatment of malnutrition in Ethiopia, leading to a significant drop in mortality rates for malnourished children of all ages.

Bringing international attention to the plight of these children and the benefits of the therapeutic feeding programs can help save lives! Pledge to get the story out in your community today. How can you do this? Some ideas:

* Write a post on your blog or profile page about the drought in Ethiopia. * Explain to your friends and family, book group or social club how malnourishment is affecting Ethiopian children. * Send this pledge to five friends so they can keep spreading the word!
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