Benin makes progress in combating malnutrition

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has made considerable progress in its battle against malnutrition, according to Eleonara Genovese, who headed a World Bank consultants' team which has concluded a tour here.
During its stay here from 28 November to 20 December, the consultants firm examined and analysed actions to combat malnutrition in Benin, says a World Bank news release issued to PNA in Cotonou.
"The World Bank mission was conducted at the request of the government of Benin to reinforce it fight against malnutrition, it said, adding that Benin envisages to adopt an intervention plan that will take into account multi-sectoral initiatives and the required synergies.
Malnutrition, which constitutes a public health programme in Benin and other third world countries, is characterised by nutritional deficiency, whose consequences have a negative impact on education, productivity and particularly on the health and survival of the most vulnerable groups.
"However, it is important to note that Benin has made significant progress in the fight against malnutrition," says the release, adding that the country could achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by reducing insufficiency prevalence by 50%.
" But the same release notes that chronic malnutrition, an important indication of poverty, was on the rise and concentrated in rural areas (34%) and among young children, adding that micro-nutrient deficiency continues to be a major development problem in Benin.
In Benin, anaemia affects more than 82% of children below the age of five and 64% of mothers due to inadequate breast-feeding, poverty, food insecurity and frequent infections.

21 december 2004 12:51:00

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