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January 6, 2010 - www.irinnews.org
"GUINEA: Funds needed to stem child malnutrition – WFP"

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Guinea is reporting that nutritional centers are running out of essential fortified foods at a time of rising malnutrition in the country.

Helen Keller International (HKI), the Health Ministry and the government humanitarian office, carried out a nutritional survey that showed, "acute malnutrition rose to 8.4 percent in December from 6.9 percent in November."

HKI’s country director in Guinea, Sheryl Martin, was quoted as saying, "a lack of supplies in local health centers was taking its toll on the population, and long-term solutions were needed. Due to the current rupture many centers must refer children to Conakry’s main hospital, Donka."

Martin went on to say, "even if the current shortage is resolved, aid agencies and government health officials must put measures in place to avoid the impact of such crises in future."