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A quarter of young children in Iraq are chronically malnourished

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7470.819-c (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:819
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    A new nutritional survey shows that 27% of under 5s in Iraq have chronic malnutrition, despite the widespread distribution of food in the largest relief operation in history.

    The Baseline Food Security Assessment, the first ever such survey to be done in Iraq, also found that 6.5 million people (a quarter of the population) remain highly dependent on food aid.


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    Years of international sanctions and war, combined with today's security situation, have contributed to serious malnutrition in Iraq

    Credit: PETER DEJONG/AP

    The assessment was …

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