"Niger Determined to Continue Efforts Against Child Malnutrition"
The Government of Niger, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have issued a press release regarding their continued efforts against child malnutrion in Niger.
Despite a good harvest and pastoral season in late 2010, the nutritional situation of children remains alarming in Niger where more than 15 children in 100 suffer from acute malnutrition, according to the results of the National Nutrition Survey made public on 16 December. The Niger government, UNICEF and WFP called on the international community to intensify its efforts and mobilize all means necessary to fight against child malnutrition and its structural causes to sustainably meet the needs of the most vulnerable children.
The prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) among children under five years of age in Niger decreased from 16.7 per cent to 15.5 per cent between June and November 2010, but it remains above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent - and this for five of the country’s eight regions.
The situation remains worrisome for children aged six to 23 months. More than a quarter of them are affected by this form of malnutrition.
Yet, severe acute malnutrition (SAM), which dramatically increases the risk of death for the under-five age group has impacted 7 per cent of children in the under-two year age category, and is present in 3.2 per cent among the under-five group, according to the findings of this new survey.
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