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Malnutrition spreads in Argentina, once the “breadbasket” of the world

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 30 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1261
  1. Sophie Arie, San Miguel de Tucumán
  1. Argentina

    As economically damaged Argentina frantically negotiates for foreign aid, reports have emerged that malnourished children are dying in the country's poverty stricken northern provinces.

    Ten chronically malnourished children have reportedly died in the northern province of Tucumán in recent weeks, and officials say 49 have died in Misiones province, on the border with Brazil.

    The deaths are the tip of an iceberg, nutrition experts warn. Malnutrition now affects over two million Argentine children, according to the Buenos Aires Centre for Studies on Infant Nutrition.

    Argentina, which in the early 1990s was among the world's 10 richest countries, is floundering through its worst economic crisis in history after defaulting …

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