Sunday, 24 July 2011

MALNUTRITION: Somalia: Malnutrition rate of Somali kids highest in the world: ICRC

14 July 2011 00:55

GENEVA: Malnutrition rates for children under five in Somalia now stand as the world’s highest as the country struggles with persistent violence and an unprecedented drought, the international Red Cross said yesterday.
“The nutritional state of children under five years of age in central and southern Somalia is a cause for great alarm,” said the International Committee of the Red Cross in a statement.
“Levels of malnutrition have reached a new peak and are currently the highest in the world,” it added. Data from 39 clinics and 18 therapeutic feeding centres show that in some parts of Somalia, the number of children with severe acute malnutrition has almost doubled since March.

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