UNICEF blames Sierra Leone's child mortality on malnutrition

Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The UN children's fund (UNICEF) country representative for Sierra Leone, Geert Cappelaere, has said 30 percent of Sierra Leonean children under five years were underweight compared to other countries within the region.
""This situation makes malnutrition the country's single greatest cause of child mortality,"" he said at a meeting here Sunday.
Sierra Leone's health and sanitation minister, Abbator Thomas, said malnutrition contributes to 46 percent of all childhood deaths in the country.
Speaking during a ten-day regional training on Treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Children at the Bintumani Hotel Conference Hall Aberdeen in Freetown, Cappelaere said it is a situation that needs urgent improvement.
He stressed the need for a transformation of the current situation and called for an urgent policy and program action.
Cappalaere also appealed for a national and international renewed and sustained political commitment with a view to improve on the status of children and women in Sierra Leone.
The on-going workshop, which attracted participants from Liberia and Sierra Leone aims at training managers of therapeutic centers, nutritionists and other health professional.
It would also review the national protocol for the treatment of malnutrition.

24 june 2007 11:32:00

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