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Unicef calls for “global momentum” to scale up interventions to improve children’s nutrition

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4689
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Worldwide the growth of about 200 million children under the age of 5 years, including a third of those in poor nations, is stunted because of chronic maternal and childhood undernutrition, says a report by Unicef.

    More than 90% of the stunted children (defined as having low height for age) in poor nations live in Africa and Asia, which also have the highest average prevalence of stunting, it says.

    The report says that a “global momentum” is needed urgently to scale up cost effective interventions to reduce the world’s burden of chronic undernutrition by targeting the countries where it is most prevalent. Interventions include providing vitamins and minerals through fortified foods and supplements, …

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