Starved For Attention is a touring photo and video exhibition produced by the renowned photo agency VII (pronounced Seven), in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. The exhibition focuses on malnutrition and highlights the fact that 195 million children are malnourished not only due to lack of food but also due to lack of adequately composed food. Malnutrition is a medical condition that requires medical treatment. For children under the age of five, malnutrition is particularly dangerous, and it is especially critical for children from the age of six months to two years. Malnutrition hampers children’s normal development and has a negative impact on their immune system. For children with severe acute malnutrition a common cold or diarrhoea can lead to death. Every year malnutrition contributes to the deaths of 3,9 million children.
A diet that only provides a feeling of fullness but lack protein and essential micronutrients is not sufficient for children to develop normally. Only a small part of the world’s food aid is adapted to the needs of small children. The world’s largest donors of food aid are financing food which does not meet the nutritional needs of young children. Much of the food used for food assistance would never be given to children indeveloped countries. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières use foods with a correct balance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and micronutrients to combat malnourishment among children . In 2009, the organisation treated 250,000 children in 34 countries, all of whom suffered from acute malnutrition. Currently Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières run some 120 projects geared towards alleviating malnutrition in some 30 countries.
Participating photographers from VII Photo Agency:
Marcus Bleasdale – Frustration
Jessica Dimmock – A Mothers Devotion
Antonin Kratochvil – A Double Standard
Franco Pagetti – The Malnutrition That Shouldn’t Be
Stephanie Sinclair – Invisible