UNICEF worried by malnutrition among Mauritanian children

Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concern at the level of malnutrition among Mauritanian children, especially in the Brakna, Gorgol and Assaba regions.
The UN agency, quoting a January 2003 survey that covered children below age five in selected districts, said some 57.
22 percent of the children suffered from malnutrition, as against 58.
45 percent in November 2002.
UNICEF has been collaborating with the World Food Programme (WFP) and a number of NGOs on a nutrition programme for some 245 community centres in the country.
But it noted in a statement that the bad situation could persist in the upcoming months in spite of the joint intervention efforts.

24 february 2003 17:03:00

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