In Chad and across central West Africa, UNICEF is acting early to prevent food shortages turning into a children's famine. These photos tell the story of our lifesaving nutrition work in 2011 in Chad - one of the countries most vulnerable to food shortages because of poor harvests.
Malnutrition is widespread in Chad and a major cause of mortality among children under five. This child suffers from severe acute malnutrition, but his chances are good: he's getting specialist care at a UNICEF-supported nutrition centre in Mao, in the Kanem region. In this area of West Africa more than 15 per cent of children suffer from acute malnutrition.
© UNICEF Chad/2011/Esteve