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Malnutrition programmes are most effective before age of 2

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:569
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    Efforts to combat malnutrition should be targeted at pregnant women and at children aged under 2 years, when most irreparable damage happens, says a World Bank report.

    The report says that trying to improve nutrition in children later in life is too late, too expensive, and ineffective.

    “There is actually a very, very tight window of opportunity, which is from conception through to the first two years of life. If we miss this window we miss a whole generation,” said Meera Shekar, a senior nutrition specialist at the World …

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