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Child Malnutrition Affects 1 In 4 Children: Report (What You Can Do)

First Posted: 02/15/2012 10:39 am EST Updated: 02/15/2012 5:48 pm EST

It's a dire situation for children worldwide.

As food prices rise, nearly half a billion kids face a devastating health toll due to malnutrition, according to a new report released by Save the Children. The effects of the crisis, which include stunted growth and undeveloped brains, affect one in four children worldwide, according to the report.

The report suggests six steps to help tackle the crisis:
--Increasing awareness of malnutrition
--Investing in direct interventions
--Increasing the number of health workers
--Establishing social systems that protect families
--Supporting female and small-scale farmers
--Galvanizing international political leadership

Find ways below to support organizations fighting the crisis of world hunger:

Save The Children
Save The Children works in over 120 different countries, helping marginalized children by providing access to food, education and health care.
Support Save The Children here.

The Red Cross
The international aid organization provides food, water, sustainable agriculture solutions food and supports families in rebuilding their livelihoods.
Support the Red Cross here.

Oxfam
Support Oxfam's new program Grow, which fights for a world in which everyone has enough to eat. The initiative addresses climate change, land use and water use and social issues that affect poverty.
Support Oxfam's Grow here.

World Hunger Relief
The Christian organization trains volunteers to serve through sustainable agriculture. World Hunger Relief accepts donations online and in-kind gifts such as usable equipment, construction materials and farming/gardening tools.
Support World Hunger Relief here.

Feed the Children
The Christian organization provides options for relief including feeding programs, sponsoring a child and volunteering around the world. Support Feed the Children here.

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has been at the forefront of fighting hunger by addressing poverty on both local levels and in international disaster relief. The organization also provides opportunities for child sponsorship, in which donations will provide a child with food, an education, clothing and medical care.
Support the Salvation Army here.

World Food Programme
Fight world hunger by incorporating it into education, supporting efforts that focus on women and children and playing interactive games that raise money.
Support World Food Programme here.

UNICEF
The United Nations Children's Fund works to protect children from violence, poverty and exploitation and gives them opportunities for education and advancement. The organization also steps up in emergency situations and disaster relief to ensure children are not left malnourished.
Support UNICEF here.

International Rescue Committee
The IRC responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, bringing relief and health care to the most devastated of places. Its focus on children in these areas is holistic, and includes education, reconnection with family members, life skills, and the reintegration of child soldiers.
Support IRC here.

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Filed by Jessica Prois  |