As the World Food Summit draws to a close in Rome this week, the international community has once again neglected to deal with childhood malnutrition. World leaders have failed to commit funds to directly target malnutrition, despite pledges made at the l’Aquila G8 meeting earlier this year of $21 billion to support food security.  The needs of the 3.5 to 5 million children under the age of five that die from malnutrition each year have been neglected. This means that the summit has conspicuously failed to protect those most in need.

The recent violence in Calabria, Southern southern Italy, has placed the plight of the region’s seasonal migrant workers into the international spotlight. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) denounces the ongoing neglect and exploitation of this vulnerable group.

Vulnerable fleeing Libya and elsewhere need adequate support

States must recognize obligation to honour fundamental rights

MSF calls for a stronger humanitarian response and more effective protection for people fleeing the conflict