malnutrition

Standard of Living Better in SA: Stats SA

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) poor South Africans enjoy a better standard of living compared to their counterparts in many other countries.

The latest figures released by Statistics South Africa puts the country's extreme poverty line at R26 a day per person.

This is almost double the international line for extreme poverty, at about R14 per day. Lack of proper housing, malnutrition and hunger are some of the characteristics of poverty.

Mateus: Children Chronically Malnourished

According to the deputy minister for Women's Affairs and Social Welfare, Virgilio Mateus, chronic malnutrition affects 43 percent of Mozambican children under the age of five.

Speaking at the launch of a report by the United Nations Children's Fund, Mateus says the figure is an improvement from 2013, where 48 percent of all children under five were suffering from chronic malnutrition.

Malnutrition Compromise Africa’s Growth

African leaders and development officials say that poorly-fed children rob Africa of up to 16 percent of its potential growth, making investment in programmes to end malnutrition as critical to the continent's future as building bridges and roads.
 
According to World Bank and United Nations reports, almost half all child deaths in Africa are caused by inadequate food and it is the underlying cause of many diseases, yet approaches to tackling health and child nutrition are disjointed and uncoordinated, limiting their impact.
 

Reel Life: Food Security Projects Intern

Reel Life is a nonprofit company (NPC) aligned to Reel Gardening, a multi-award winning social enterprise that is bringing about the growing revolution on an international stage at the same time as prioritising widespread food security, sustainability and water saving ventures. Reel Life NPC implements food security projects around the country with a focus on sustainability and accessibility, using the Reel Gardening technology, an innovative biodegradable seed tape. Reel Life NPC is a compact, far-reaching NPC, working in and around South Africa.

Namibia Hard-Hit by Drought

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says that desert-hardy Namibians, overwhelmed by the worst drought to hit their country in 30 years, are surviving off wild fruits with no harvest in sight until March 2014.
 
IFRC’s Hanna Butler, who recently visited Kunene, one of the worst hit regions in northern Namibia, points out that, "A lot of the people I met had nothing in their food stores, absolutely nothing."
 

Call for Wild Foods to Improve Food Security

The Centre for International Research on Forests (CIFOR) says that malnutrition could be greatly reduced and food security improved by ensuring improved access to nutrient-rich forest-derived foods like berries, bushmeat, roots, insects and nuts for the world's poorest populations.

CIFOR’s nutritionist and researcher, Bronwen Powell, points out that, "I believe forest foods are particularly important for reducing malnutrition when it comes to micronutrients such as vitamin A and iron."

UNICEF Urges Mothers to Breastfeed

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that child malnutrition would decrease by 25 percent if babies were fed only breast milk in the first six months.

Speaking at the launch of Save the Children’s report, ‘A life free of hunger: Tackling Child Nutrition’, UNICEF nutrition specialist, Chantell Witten, said that about 70 percent of babies are being fed solids at two months old.

NGO Urges the World to Tackle Malnutrition

Save the Children has warned that half-a-billion children will be stunted over the next 15 years, if child malnutrition is tackled head-on.

Save the Children’s regional health and HIV advisor, David Sanders, points out that, “The rising of food prices is the main cause of malnutrition.”

Sanders maintains that the government must prioritise nutrition and outline the clear lines of responsibility.

Inside Somalia: "We Are the Only Help they Have"

Interview with Mohamed Somane Abdi, MSF Assistant Project Coordinator, Marere, southern Somalia.

The drought has affected us badly. Marere used to be a farming area but there has been no harvest now for more than two years. You can see the effects of the drought right here in our hospital, where numbers of patients in our inpatient feeding centre have doubled.

Last night, 80 under-fives with severe malnutrition stayed in the hospital, while we were treating a further 443 children as outpatients.

"Hunger and destitution..."

MSF is Rapidly Scaling Up its Activities in Mogadishu

This week, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has sent medical teams and four charter planes carrying 55 tons of medical equipment, medicines and therapeutic food to Mogadishu in response to the crisis in Somalia. In the past weeks, an estimated 100 000 people have fled from south and central Somalia to the capital to seek assistance. They are settling in numerous camps in and around Mogadishu, with little or no access to health care.

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