The IRC addresses complex nutrition problems by improving access to primary health, reproductive health, water, sanitation, hygiene, early childhood development and economic programming. In acute emergencies, the IRC quickly identifies areas of emergency levels of acute malnutrition. The IRC implements community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) to ensure that children and pregnant lactating women get the treatment they need. In critical situations, the IRC distributes cash, vouchers or blanket feeding to those at greatest risk of malnutrition.
As countries evolve from emergencies to rebuilding, the IRC prioritizes the prevention and treatment of malnutrition. We focus on providing high-impact interventions at the critical time between the start of a woman's pregnancy and her child's second birthday. These 1,000 days are a crucial opportunity to support the health and survival of women and children at the highest risk of malnutrition.
Poor nutrition is often life-threatening but almost always avoidable. Treating malnutrition and promoting good nutrition for women and children are some of the most effective ways to advance well-being. But for millions in crisis-affected areas, access to critical services and resources remain out of reach - changing the course of a lifetime. Find out more about our nutritional programs at the IRC below.