Acting Early Key to Combating Malnutrition

Preventing infants and young children from becoming undernourished is much more effective than treating children who are already moderately malnourished, according to a study published in the February 16 issue of The Lancet, a leading medical journal. The study in Haiti found that child stunting, underweight, and wasting (indicators of malnutrition) were 4, 6, and 4 percentage points lower, respectively, among poor communities participating in preventative programs than recuperative ones.

See summary of the article, “Acting Early and Targeting Widely Is Key to Combating Malnutrition in Poor Communities,” below.

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