UNICEF reports undernutrition21st July 2006
In a UNICEF July update on malnutrition in Anjouan Island, Comoros, they report that lack of knowledge is one of the most important reasons for malnutrition on the island.
A government study carried out four years ago showed that more than 42 per cent of Comorian children age five and under suffer from chronic malnutrition, and more than one out of every five children suffers from severe malnutrition and cases of death from malnutrition do occur regularly.
Only a small percentage of mothers living on the islands breastfeed their babies, a local nurse explains that â€śSometimes parents feed children who are not even six months old cooked cassava or bananas, without having any idea that their son or daughter is still far too young to digest that kind of foodâ€?.
The Ministry of Health, UNICEF and CAP, a local non-governmental organization signed a cooperation agreement in May on community-based nutrition that includes strengthening an existing therapeutic feeding centre to care for severely malnourished children.
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Title: UNICEF reports undernutrition
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 552
Date Added: 21st Jul 2006