Reducing the burden of malnutrition in Bangladesh

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4490 (Published 04 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4490
  1. Tahmeed Ahmed, head, nutrition programme,
  2. A M Shamsir Ahmed, research manager, nutrition programme
  1. 1Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative, Nutrition Programme, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
  1. Correspondence to: T Ahmed tahmeed{at}icddrb.org

    Although the prevalence of childhood malnutrition in Bangladesh has fallen substantially from 68% in the late 1980s to 41% in 2007, the rate of decline is not sufficient to achieve the UN millennium development goal target (prevalence of 34% by 2015).1 Anaemia, largely due to iron deficiency, is high among young infants (prevalence more than 80%) and pregnant women (40%). Around 400 000 children under 5 have severe acute malnutrition, the most severe form of protein energy malnutrition characterised by a weight for height Z score less than −3 or bilateral pedal oedema. Close to a third of women of childbearing age are malnourished with a body mass index <18.5. Nineteen per cent of the country’s population lives in hardcore poverty, …

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