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Combating malnutrition : time to act, Volume 1
Author:Gillespie, Stuart [editor]; McLachlan, Milla [editor]; Shrimpton, Roger [editor]; Country:World;
Date Stored:2003/09/06Document Date:2003/07/31
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Regional Rural Development; Nutrition; Poverty Assessment; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Early Child and Children's Health
Major Sector:Health and other social servicesRegion:The World Region
Report Number:26594Sub Sectors:Health
Collection Title:Health, Nutrition, and Population (HNP) seriesVolume No:1

Summary: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank joined forces in April 1999 to provide a fresh perspective on the global effort to address malnutrition, focusing on the roles of the two agencies in shaping the agenda and its implementation. The assessment drew upon several complementary strands, including review of UNICEF and World Bank portfolios, analysis of the evolution of key policy narratives, country case studies, and workshops with UNICEF and World Bank staff and selected external experts. It attempted to "get behind the headlines" to understand how policy change in nutrition happened, what influenced these processes, and what lessons can be learned. Nutrition has been sidelined for too long. Reducing malnutrition is central to reducing poverty. Malnutrition is implicated in half of all child deaths, and causes much illness and cognitive underdevelopment. As the growing evidence demonstrates, fetal and young children malnutrition, threatens survival, growth, and development in childhood, and, it increases the risk of chronic diseases in later life. The Millennium Development Goals cannot be reached without significant efforts to eliminate malnutrition. The book looks at ways to combat malnutrition, by positioning nutrition directly on the poverty and human development policy agenda, to ensure large-scale nutrition actions, and develop capacity to address malnutrition.

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