UNICEF estimates that some 16 million children under the age of five suffer from severe acute malnutrition. It is the largest contributor to child mortality in the world.
To better serve in his capacity treating and studying global malnutrition, Washington University alum Zach Linneman completed the post-baccalaureate premedical program in University College at Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. Linneman first traveled to Africa in 2006 as a rising high school senior. The father of one of his best friends was Mark Manary, professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and founder of Project Peanut Butter, which has established feeding centers and successful nutrition programs in Malawi and Sierra Leone. From then on, Linneman knew he wanted to make it his life’s work.
For a decade now, he has helped physicians and health organizations in Africa and India save lives and develop long-term solutions to the problem of childhood malnutrition. He will continue that work during a gap year in India, then plans to attend medical school.