Friday, June 05, 2009

Treating Child Malnutrition Before it Starts

Two years ago, Doctors Without Borders implemented a new strategy in Maradi, Niger to combat childhood malnutrition. They distributed a nutritionally fortified spread to 60,000 children 6-36 months old each month. At the same time, they analyzed each child's growth and health. Findings showed that even at the seasonal peak in severe malnutrition, the distributions helped to significantly lower the rate of malnutrition among children. Previously, nutritional supplements have been given once a child was determined to be malnourished. The findings of this study suggest that it would be more beneficial to provide such supplements before a child reaches the point of malnutrition.
Source: PLoS ONE