Food aid programmes should target nutrient deficiency, not just hunger, says charity

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 21 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3335
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Médecins Sans Frontières has launched a new multimedia campaign to spotlight the neglected and “largely invisible crisis of childhood malnutrition.”

    The charity points out that an estimated 195 million children worldwide suffer from the effects of malnutrition, 90% of whom are in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. It also maintains that malnutrition contributes to “at least one third of the eight million annual deaths of children under 5 years of age.”

    Polly Markandya, the charity’s director of communications, told the BMJ that the campaign is intended to highlight the fact that “malnutrition is not just caused by food shortages but also by micronutrient deficiencies caused by …

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