According to the World Food Programme, hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. In Zambia, among children under five, 5% suffer from wasting (low weight for height), 15% suffer from being underweight (low weight for age), and 45% suffer from stunting (low height for age) according to the 2007 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey.
The absence of proper nutrition in early life can have devastating effects on a person's growth and development throughout childhood and even into adulthood. A lack of essential vitamins and minerals combined with the effects intestinal parasites and illnesses such as diarrhoea are the immediate causes of malnutrition. Yet these factors are more deeply rooted in other conditions such as poverty, poor sanitation and hygiene, and low levels of knowledge among those affected about how they can improve their situations.
CHAMP, with the aid of the Communications Support for Health project is working to combat malnutrition by providing information, counselling, and referral services related to nutrition to the Zambian people through the toll-free, 24-hour 990 Talkline.