Much has been made of the obesity epidemic in the United States – and, importantly so: more than a third of Americans are obese and…
I recently ran across a fascinating article in the Third World Quarterly, The fetishism of humanitarian objects and the management of malnutrition in emergencies. The…
A Lancet editorial examines the global crisis of severe acute malnutrition in children, noting “19 million children younger than five years had severe acute malnutrition (SAM) worldwide in 2011, most of whom lived in Africa and southeast Asia,” and “more than seven percent of all deaths in this age group were attributable to this disorder.”…More
IRIN: Gains and losses as Burkina Faso fights child hunger “The fight against child malnutrition in Burkina Faso is gaining ground but chronic malnutrition remains above emergency threshold levels, particularly in rural areas, a situation that will be resolved only if the government and its partners step up prevention efforts…” (3/11).
BBC News: Afghanistan: ‘Half of children’ suffering malnutrition “Half of all children under five in Afghanistan are suffering from the effects of malnutrition, according to estimations. After 13 years of Western military intervention and billions of dollars spent on aid, the United Nations says the situation is critical, especially in Helmand province, where British forces…More
The Economist: Giving generously “…Last year, the WFP helped to feed over 90 million people in 80 different countries. But the way it distributes food relief has been changing. … Economists now see the next great challenge for the international community as reducing the negative consequences of malnutrition rather than famine. … The WFP has…More
VOA News: Poor Nutrition Stunts Growth of One-third of Cameroon Children “The ratio is a stunning one in three. An estimated one third of Cameroon’s children are smaller than they should be and some of them will not have long to live. UNICEF and other humanitarian relief organizations say as many as 1.2 million children…More
News outlets continue to report on the humanitarian situation in Syria, with a special focus on the threat of malnutrition among Syrian refugees. Devex: U.K. aid to Syria ‘smart’ but still not enough — aid groups “British aid to Syria is a ‘lifeline’ for operations on the ground and the U.K. Department for International Development…More
Writing in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases “End the Neglect” blog, Ashley Schmidt, program and operations associate for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, asserts that the U.N.-led initiative, the Zero Hunger Challenge, must include neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as part of the discussion to end malnutrition.…More
In the video, the Haitian child was listless: his eyes were sunken and his shriveled body was limp. His mouth curled, turtle-like, to prepare to cry, but no tears came. A gloved hand, arm hairs poking out, reached for the skin around the child’s abdomen. The hand of the clinician pulled gathered skin to form a sinusoid mound. Then, instead of snapping into place as skin normally does, the mound slowly melted back like silly putty
The Guardian: Can agriculture play a bigger role in solving malnutrition? Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) “…Forging stronger links between agriculture and nutrition sectors is a critical big part of eliminating malnutrition. So we need to start using the investments pledged in London for programs on the…More
U.N. News Centre: Malnutrition could jeopardize Zimbabwe’s development, U.N. official warns during visit “The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that high levels of malnutrition could hold Zimbabwe back from reaching its full potential, during a visit to the country at the peak of its lean season…” (2/21).
VOA News: USAID Targets Zimbabwe Food Shortages, Malnutrition “The U.S. government has launched a five-year, $100 million program to assist more than a half-million hungry Zimbabweans. At the launch of the new program, which is aimed at strengthening Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton said Washington remained committed to the welfare of…More