Senegal launches 10-year anti-malnutrition plan

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal Monday launched a ten-year programme to combat malnutrition in 740,000 children and 510,000 women in its rural and urban areas.
Officials said the Senegalese government, the World Bank, the German Co-operation agency, KFW and the World Food Programme (WFP), are involved in the programme estimated to cost 22.
5 million US dollars.
Official figures show that one-fifth of children under age five in Senegal suffer weight deficiency, and 55 percent from Vitamin A deficiency.
The country records annually 140,000 deaths of children under age five, with 30 percent of the deaths caused by Vitamin A deficiency.
It is also estimated that 58 percent of Senegalese of childbearing age suffer from anaemia, one of the main causes of maternal mortality.

15 december 2003 18:16:00




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