Malnutrition rampant among children in Niger

Niamey- Niger (PANA) - – About 15.
3 percent of children in Niger suffer very acute malnutrition and 50 percent of children under five years of age have chronic malnutrition, a joint by the Niger government and UNICEF reported here.
In addition, about 50 percent of children under five years are suffering from stunted growth and 1.
2 percent of babies are exclusively breastfed until 6 months, UNICEF representative to Niger, Adjbadou Karimou said during the launch of the 2006 progress report on children in the country.
An attack on the situation must begin at the food level and change governmental policies and family attitudes, he suggested.
But the secretary general of Niger's health ministry said the government has undertaken several actions aimed at resolving this question, including the reinforcement of the malnutrition mechanism in health structures.
He said eight health centres would be built and equipped with the support of the Saudi Development Fund.
More than 300,000 children suffered from acute malnutrition last year throughout Niger following a serious food crisis.

24 may 2006 17:24:00

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