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Cases of acute and severe malnutrition in Somalia rise “exponentially”

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b992 (Published 12 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b992
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Malnutrition rates have risen exponentially in parts of Somalia because of the worsening food situation, the country’s top United Nations humanitarian official has warned. More than 200 000 acutely malnourished children, of whom 60 000 have severe malnutrition, need immediate treatment, he said.

    Unicef estimates that Somalia could see more than 330 000 cases of acute malnutrition, including 96 000 cases of severe malnutrition, among children this year and says that the situation “calls for a strong and expanded response.”

    “Children will die and children are dying through malnutrition and diarrhoeal diseases,” …

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