Childhood Malnutrition: a Overview of Pediatric Starvation and Institutional Corruption in Developing Countries

Healthy equity in developing countries has introduced a chronically unjust burden to populations in countries consistently associated with extremely high rates of infectious disease and lack of adequate medical care. Poor infrastructure, unclean water, and little food leave them especially vulnerable to the lethality of infectious, non-communicable diseases (Orach, 2009). Malnutrition – specifically, complicated severe malnutrition (CSM), also known as severe acute malnutrition (SAM) – is one of the most troubling health problems, affecting over 16 million children in low- and middle-income countries (Wen, 2022). Patients with CSM show a number of clinical danger signs, including infections or inability to sufficiently feed, and are disproportionately located in developing regions.