Chronic malnutrition affects 58% of children in Burundi - UNICEF

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Chronic malnutrition is affecting more than 58% of the children under the age of five years in Burundi and it impacts negatively on the physical growth and the intellectual capacity of the latter while undermining the country’s effort to achieve development, a press statement from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said.

It said that UNICEF arrived at the figure after a survey it carried out in collaboration with several UN agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Fund for Food and Agriculture (FAO).

It added that malnutrition was caused by social and economic factors with poverty playing a key role in Burundi.

UNICEF observed that chronic malnutrition was a serious violation of the child rights to normal growth and to live and grow in the best possible living conditions.  

It added that in the long run, it would impact negatively the country’s economic growth since it is a huge loss in terms of productivity for the country and is quite costly in terms of public health.

The UN agency said the losses related to malnutrition are estimated at around US$ 102 million for the Central African country.
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19 july 2013 18:32:35




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