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June 22, 2011 - The New York Times
"The Breast Milk Cure"

Nicholas Kristof reports from Niger about the ultimate low-tech solution for fighting starvation: exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months of life. He quotes HKI's Shawn Baker in the article:

"As far as nutritional interventions that have been studied, we have crushing evidence of breast-feeding's efficacy in reducing child mortality,” said Shawn Baker, a nutrition specialist with Helen Keller International, an aid organization that works on these issues.

"It’s the oldest nutritional intervention known to our species, and it’s available to everybody,” Baker added. “But for a development community too focused on technological fixes, it hasn’t gained the traction it should."

Shawn, along with his colleague Doug Steinberg, are escorting Kristof and the winners of his "Win-A-Trip" contest through West Africa as they uncover stories in public health. Follow Shawn and Doug on their adventures with Kristof on HKI's blog, Seed to Sight.






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