Thursday, April 23, 2009

Signs of worsening malnutrition among children

Report, The Electronic Intifada, 22 April 2009

(Left) A six-month-old girl diagnosed as underweight, whose father was a medic killed during the recent attacks on Gaza.

"GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IRIN) - Rising poverty, unemployment and food insecurity in Gaza, compounded by the recent 23-day Israeli offensive, have increased the threat of child malnutrition, say UN agencies, health ministry officials and healthcare non-governmental organizations in Gaza.

UN World Health Organization (WHO) officials are concerned by the warning signs, including rising malnutrition indicators -- like increased cases of stunting, wasting and underweight children -- and continuing high rates of anemia among children and pregnant women......."

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