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  • Report from Codex #3 Dr Rima E Laibow MD Medical Director reports from Codex Alimentarius committee meeting in Germany on November 3, 2009 regarding the attempts to limit dietary nutrients to level so low that they will guarantee world under nutrition and consequent disease.
  • One year after Haiti earthquake, Brown School public health expert Iannotti continues work On Jan.12, 2010, Lora Iannotti, PhD, nutrition and public health expert at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, was in Leogane, a seaside town 18 miles west of Port au Prince, Haiti, working with local officials on improving the health of Haitian children. That's when a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake struck the poverty-stricken country with its epicenter, Leogane. Iannotti survived, but Haiti was devastated; an estimated 3 million were affected by the earthquake in a country already known as the poorest in the Western hemisphere. Since January, Iannotti, assistant professor at the Brown School, has returned to Haiti a number of times to contiinue her work on undernutrition and disease prevention in young children. She is back in Haiti again, one year later. In this video, Iannotti discusses her current work in Haiti studying the effectiveness of ready-to-use supplemental foods such as Nutributter, a peanut butter paste product designed to prevent micronutrient deficiencies among infants and young children.
  • UNICEF: $48 mill. appeal for Somalia's malnourished children HARGEISA, Somalia 15 February 2008 --As violence surges across Somalia -- and cereal production turns out to be lower than originally forecast -- UNICEF fears that 2008 could be the worst-ever year for Somalia's children. New data show that undernutrition is above the emergency threshold and increasing. Despite generous humanitarian support up to the end of 2007, UNICEF's appeal for $48 million for its 2008 programmes has yet to receive any contributions. UNICEF has been able to keep programmes afloat, though at least half the 110 nutritional feeding programmes will have to close by the end of March unless new funds arrive immediately. UNICEF is urgently seeking $5.8 million to treat children at risk in Somalia. "Funding shortfalls will have a devastating impact on our ability to save lives," says UNICEF Representative in Somalia Christian Balslev Olesen. To read the full story, visit:
  • UNICEF: Treating undernourished children in Niger MIRRIAH, Niger, 18 June 2010 -- When Baraka, a young mother in Guidimouni, southern Niger, took her 13-month-old son Abdul to the local health centre, tests showed that he was suffering from severe acute malnutrition and malaria. He spent a week in an outpatient feeding programme but continued to lose weight. "Abdul needs to be taken to the hospital in Mirriah," Baraka said, leaving the rest of her family behind temporarily to get life-saving treatment for her son in the nearest big town. In 2006, the Government of Niger initiated a process of integration among its various structures to ensure the sustainability of undernutrition management. One of the resulting facilities, estabolished at the Mirriah hospital with support from UNICEF, is dedicated to the treatment of undernourished children. In this therapeutic feeding centre, Abdul and other children with severe acute malnutrition receive intensive care and treatment. The spacious, airy rooms sleep 32, increasing the hospital's capacity by 50 per cent. The number of children admitted for treatment has increased sharply since mid-April and is expected to rise again in July and August. UNICEF Niger also supports the management of severe acute malnutrition through supply of therapeutic foods, essential drugs and equipment at the hospital in Mirriah. For example, one water bladder has been installed and two more are on the way, since access to safe water is vital for hygiene and the preparation of therapeutic ...
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  • UNICEF: Building a Haiti fit for children, 3 months after the quake PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 9 April 2010 UNICEF and its partners are working hand-in-hand with the Government of Haiti to return more than 700000 students to school over the next two months. On 7 April, Minister of Education Joel Desrosiers Jean-Pierre joined UNICEF Acting Representative in Haiti Françoise Gruloos at the re-opening of L'Institution Sacre-Coeur. More than 1000 eager students showed up for the event. "It's about ensuring education for every child an inclusive education, an education that presents no barriers or obstacles to children to come back to school," said UNICEF Haiti Acting Chief of Communication Edward Carwardine. "It's about ensuring that we focus on the nutrition of children. Undernutrition has been a major problem here in Haiti, even before the earthquake, and so we want to make sure that as children move out of this current emergency, that they don't fall victim to yet another emergency, which is one of malnutrition. The third area is protection, he added. It's not just about protecting children in these difficult times; it's also making sure there are systems and structures in place that provide a long-term safety net for children, that their rights are protected, and that their welfare is very much at the heart of everything we do here whether it's about policy or projects or services, that children have this protective environment in which they can grow up out of this disaster."
  • UNICEF: Fighting undernutrition in Cameroon TCHONTCHI, Cameroon, 13 November 2009 Undernutrition is one of the biggest killers of children in Cameroon. The northern region is particularly hard hit; since July 2009, some 155 cases of severe acute malnutrition in children have been registered at the local health centre in Tchontchi alone. In response, UNICEF is supporting an initiative in the region that is bringing more than 400 community health volunteers to area households to educate families about nutrition. Sara Djanatou is one such community volunteer in Tchontchi. She travels up to 15 kilometres every day to spread key messages on good nutrition. A lot of the people in this area, particularly women, are illiterate, she says. The size of families here is also very high. So this, coupled with poverty, means that many families cant afford to have two meals a day.
  • MaximsNewsNetwork: HUNGER, MALNUTRITION & CHILD DEATHS: UNICEF's WERNER SCHULTINK MaximsNewsNetwork: 10 November 2009 - UNICEF: As the number of hungry and malnourished people passes one billion, a new UNICEF report identifies lack of food as one of the largest causes of death amongst children. Undernutrition in mothers and children is a factor in a third of all deaths of children under five. Lack of food is a serious problem for more than a billion people. And as with any emergency, it is the youngest who suffer the most. A new UNICEF report reveals that under nutrition is a factor in more third of the deaths of all children under the age of five. SOUNDBITE (English) Werner Schultink, UNICEF Nutrition Associate Director: The report we have launched draws attention to the fact that 200 million children under the age of five in the developing world suffer from chronic undernutrition. Thats a very high number. A few countries bear a disproportionate burden. Eighty percent of chronically undernourished children live in just 24 countries, mostly in Africa and Asia. One of things these countries have in common is the status of women. SOUNDBITE (English) T Werner Schultink, UNICEF Nutrition Associate Director: Either women have a low level of education and do not have access to good information, women do not have enough decision making power to either take care of themselves or of their children and in general are seen as lower class citizens in these societies. Lack of food in early childhood is a time bomb. Malnutrition not only makes children more ...
  • DFID Livelihoods Lecture - Nutrition (Part 1): Poverty, undernutrition and disease Professor Nick Mascie-Taylor (Professor of Human Population Biology and Health at the University of Cambridge) explains the importance of nutrition-related factors in combating poverty and suffering in the developing world. This detailed, but enjoyable and very easy to follow lecture is divided into 5 separate videos of approximately 10 minutes each. Professor Mascie-Taylor works closely with DFID Livelihoods on several of its projects, and is acknowledged to be one of the world experts in his subject area.
  • Food-based nutrition project vs micro-nutrient deficiencies The Center for Community Work and People's Development joined up with the Magdalena People's Council and the City Health office of Manila to provide vitamin-A supplementation to children zero to 5 years old in an urban poor slum in Tondo, Manila on January 21. The team weighed the children who were deemed vulnerable to severe and moderate undernutrition. After the weighing, the most affected were enrolled in a daily protein-energy-micronutrient menu provided.
  • Right food, right time Nutrition in 2 minutes - the challenge of breaking the cycle of hunger is providing food at the right time. The physical and mental impact of malnutrition for under two year olds can be irreversible. Find out more - bit.ly
  • Campaign To End Childhood Hunger In Colorado In 2008, 49 million people in the United States faced hunger, including one in five children. In Colorado, 17.2 percent of Colorado's children are food insecure. These children live in households where there is a lack of access to enough food to meet their basic needs. Hunger and under-nutrition can have profound effects on a child's long-term health, behavior and ability to learn and succeed in school. In response, Governor Bill Ritter, Share Our Strength and the Colorado Coalition to End Hunger are launching the Campaign to End Childhood Hunger in Colorado. The Campaign is a statewide, public-private coalition of key stakeholders who will immediately work to increase the number of Colorado children getting school breakfasts and summer lunches. The Campaign will also develop and implement a comprehensive five-year plan to end childhood hunger in Colorado by ensuring that all children have access to nutritious food at home, at school and in their communities. Learn more at
  • Welcome & Introduction (Andrea Vermehren) - SAR DM Assessors Orientation Andrea Vermehren - Assessor Training for SAR Development Marketplace on NutritionDhaka, Bangladesh - August 5-7, 2009
  • DFID Livelihoods Lecture - Nutrition (Part 4): Poverty, undernutrition and disease Professor Nick Mascie-Taylor (Professor of Human Population Biology and Health at the University of Cambridge) explains the importance of nutrition-related factors in combating poverty and suffering in the developing world. This detailed, but enjoyable and very easy to follow lecture is divided into 5 separate videos of approximately 10 minutes each. Professor Mascie-Taylor works closely with DFID Livelihoods on several of its projects, and is acknowledged to be one of the world experts in his subject area.
  • UNICEF: Ann M. Veneman in Mali BAMAKO, Mali, 11 November 2009 Bisected by the vast and growing Sahara Desert, Mali is a country where food and nutrition security are precarious even in the best of times. But with soaring food prices, a by-product of the global economic crisis, more and more people here are struggling to obtain adequate nutrition. Undernutrition has reached World Health Organization emergency levels, and hospital wards are full. Last week, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world, to draw attention to the issue. One in five children in Mali do not survive to see their fifth birthday, said Veneman. Most of these children are dying from preventable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria, often exacerbated by undernutrition. In Mali, 32 per cent of children under five are underweight.
  • UNICEF: Nutrition suffers amidst rising food prices in Mali SIKASSO, Mali, 3 June 2010 -- In the far south of Mali, one of the country's main agricultural areas, the Sikasso region, is rich in fertile soil. But despite the region's capacity to feed its people, the children of Sikasso are suffering from alarmingly high rates of undernutrition. More than 15 per cent of children under five years of age in Sikasso are undernourished -- well above the international warning level of 10 per cent. In 2009, nearly 40000 cases of children suffering from acute malnutrition were reported in the region. To observe conditions firsthand, a joint mission by UNICEF and the European Union recently toured Sikasso. UNICEF Representative in Mali Marcel Rudasingwa and the European Union's Head of Delegation in Mali, Giacomo Durazzo, led the mission. The EU has provided €6.8 million from its 'Food Facility' funds to support UNICEF's nutrition programme in Mali. The Food Facility initiative aims to help monitor nutrition among children and women, and manage the treatment of acute and severe acute malnutrition. "The partnership between the European Union and UNICEF," said Mr Rudasingwa, "has been a model in Sikasso at two levels: firstly, addressing the problem -- offering a lot of families and children access to treatment against malnutrition -- but at the same time, emphasizing the role of communication and information for changing behaviour in communities."
  • Starved for Attention 2008 - S3 - Undernutrition Meera Shekar, World Bank
  • A documentary film on Sauria Paharia of Rajmahal Hills (Part 4, produced in the year 2002) General health of the Paharia people appeared to be very weak, manifested by poor body built lazy habits, lack of enthusiasm and indifferent attitude. Several water borne diseases such as Diarrhoea, Dysentry, liver enlargement and stomach disorder are frequently found due to the use of such polluted water which is affecting their general health. Majority of them appeared very weak with lean and thin body built suffering from the effects of under nutrition, malnutrition and acute diseases like malaria and kala-a-azar in the epidemic form. Among the chronic disease cases of leprosy, epilepsy sickle cell anemia, rickettes (among children) and goitre (among females) is also found in the community. In general such poor impression of their general health with so many diseases appeared very alarming among the Sauria subrace in compression Mal and Kumarbhag. Acritical ***ysis of the basic reasons of their poor health status indicated the lack of preventive measures, adequate medical facilities and awareness. Besides their compulsory and hard mannual labour related to their daily livelihood in the hilly areas and serious addictions of Mahua wine were also seriously affecting their health. The above status of health and factors gradually enhancing the child and mortality rate to a greater extent which is found to be 236/ thousand for the child (0-12) where as 212/ thousand for the mothers including pregnant.
  • Symptoms Of Under Nutrition And Malnutrition Check us out at Malnutrition is an imbalance - a deficiency or an excess - in a person's intake of nutrients and other dietary elements needed for healthy living. Malnutrition can manifest itself as hunger (or undernutrition), deficiency in vitamins or minerals, or overfeeding. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that fully half of the human family, some 3 billion people, suffer from malnutrition of one kind or another. One out of five people in the developing world suffer from the worst of the variants of malnutrition - hunger. It is well known that most undernutrition among the poor arises from inequitable food access, rather than from inadequate food production. More than enough food is produced the world over to feed the entire human population, but too much of it is not consumed directly by needy humans but used as animal feed. Despite this, demand for meat and milk in developing countries has been increasing dramatically. This panel examines the impact of consumption of animal food on malnutrition, with a special focus on undernutrition in the developing countries. Over the last decades, a number of private and public institutions have been actively promoting the spread of large-scale livestock and dairy production in developing countries; because animal products are among the least efficient food sources available, this policy, far from combating hunger, will only exacerbate the problem.
  • Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks to International Food Policy Research Institute US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers video remarks to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) global conference on "Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health" held February 10-12, 2011, in New Delhi, India, from the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on February 10, 2011. [Go to www.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]
  • UNICEF: Fighting widespread undernutrition in Somalia HARGEISA, Somalia, 8 December 2009 - In Somalia, more than 40 per cent of children exhibit signs of chronic nutritional deprivation. This can be a life-threatening condition if appropriate interventions are not provided. At the clinic in Hargeisa one of 200 UNICEF supported Outpatient Therapeutic Facilities in Somalia UNICEF and partners have been distributing a new ready-to-use food, Plumpydoz, to vulnerable children aged 6 to 36 months. To date, more than 130000 young children in Somalia have benefited from this product, which is rich with minerals, high quality proteins and fats. UNICEF also supports 30 in-patient stabilization centres where children with the most severe cases of undernutrition receive round-the-clock medical care. I sometimes dont have work and cant provide for my children, so they get malnourished, said Derer Muse, whose daughter is receiving treatment in the stabilization centre. I have another child who was malnourished too, but was treated in this clinic and will be discharged soon.
  • Outlaw Vitamins and Herbs Herbalists demand statutory regulation as EU legislation threatens peoples right to choose herbs The Government now appears to be stalling on statutory regulation (SR) of the profession, which many see as their only hope, as they are forced down the 'dead-end' road of EU regulation in 2011. Report from Codex #3 Dr Rima E Laibow MD Medical Director reports from Codex Alimentarius committee meeting in Germany on November 3, 2009 regarding the attempts to limit dietary nutrients to level so low that they will guarantee world under nutrition and consequent disease. Committee of 300 bloodline Rothschild Rockefeller depopulation eugenics NWO vaccine
  • Over and Under Nutrition While people in America are dying from over nutrition, many people around the world are dying of starvation. The Guatemalan villages of Senahu is an example
  • Starved for Attention 2008 - S1 - Crisis of Undernutrition Andre Briend, World Health Organization
  • Ellen Piwoz - Undernutrition: A Neglected Global Health Priority University Seminar on Global Health
  • Undernutrition in India DFIDs nutrition strategy addresses the devastating impact of malnutrition on life-expectancy, health and long-term productivity, and will have a direct impact on the life chances of 12 million children by 2015. This film from DFID India introduces some of the key challenges. 2010 is the year to get Millenium Development Goal 1 back on track. We intend to make it a pivotal year for getting nutrition higher up the political agenda. To find out more about the strategy visit:
  • Amy Webb Girard - Meeting the Nutrient Needs of Women in Resource Poor Settings "When women become pregnant...their nutrient needs shoot through the roof," said Amy Webb Girard of Emory University's School of Public Health in this interview with ECSP and the Global Health Initiative. Girard explains that under-nutrition is a major problem for women -- especially pregnant women -- in resource-poor settings.
  • Entrepreneurs Nightclub, Profiting from Food in Care Come and join us to participate in a unique event that is to spur entrepreneurial initiatives to address a big problem: Undernutrition of many of the elderly. You will be able to join a workshop carrousel in which you will team-up students, academics, care professionals and entrepreneurs to develop ideas that can help hospitals and elderly homes to transform the feeding of patients/visitors/clients/employees from a cost (ie a burden) into a vital dimension of caring. For example, what could they learn from the hospitality sector (hotels, restaurants)? more information: ow.ly/1STow
  • UNICEF: Cash grant programme helps ensure rights in Lesotho LEBAKENG, Lesotho, 18 November 2009 Mapalesa Sebatanyane, 73, is the primary caregiver for her four grandchildren, but she struggles to feed them with the small income she earns raising chickens in this remote village. Recently, help arrived for Ms. Sebatanyane in the form of cash grants delivered by helicopter from the Child Grants Programme, an initiative of the Government of Lesotho, the European Union (EU) and UNICEF. The programme is now several months into its initial pilot phase. It aims to improve the well-being of vulnerable children including those who have been affected by HIV and AIDS, and those who live in families struggling with poverty, food insecurity, undernutrition and lack of access to essential services. Besides ensuring every childs right to have such basic needs met, the Convention on the Rights of the Child states, in Article 29, that all children either through their guardians or directly have the right to help from the government if they are poor or in need. Cash transfers have the greatest impact when combined with other social services such as health, nutrition, education and protection, said UNICEF Representative in Lesotho Dr. Ahmed Magan. The grants are part of a greater child-sensitive social protection programme that will benefit entire families.
  • UNICEF: Tackling child malnutrition in Nepal KATHMANDU, Nepal, 16 March 2010 High level policymakers and international aid agencies met in Kathmandu this month to establish goals ensuring that Nepalese children get enough to eat. According to the Nepal Nutrition Report Card which the Ministry of Health and Population launched during the meeting approximately 1.7 million children, nearly half of all five years old children in the country, are stunted or suffer from undernutrition. The meeting was organised by the Ministry with support from UNICEF. Participants discussed the central role of nutrition in development, as well as the urgent need to scale up efforts to address child and maternal undernutrition key elements of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
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  • DFID Livelihoods Lecture - Nutrition (Part 3): Poverty, undernutrition and disease Professor Nick Mascie-Taylor (Professor of Human Population Biology and Health at the University of Cambridge) explains the importance of nutrition-related factors in combating poverty and suffering in the developing world. This detailed, but enjoyable and very easy to follow lecture is divided into 5 separate videos of approximately 10 minutes each. Professor Mascie-Taylor works closely with DFID Livelihoods on several of its projects, and is acknowledged to be one of the world experts in his subject area.
  • Robert Black - Effective Interventions to Reduce Maternal and Child Mortality and Undernutrition University Seminar on Global Health
  • DFID Livelihoods Lecture - Nutrition (Part 2): Poverty, undernutrition and disease Professor Nick Mascie-Taylor (Professor of Human Population Biology and Health at the University of Cambridge) explains the importance of nutrition-related factors in combating poverty and suffering in the developing world. This detailed, but enjoyable and very easy to follow lecture is divided into 5 separate videos of approximately 10 minutes each. Professor Mascie-Taylor works closely with DFID Livelihoods on several of its projects, and is acknowledged to be one of the world experts in his subject area.
  • TVJ Smile Jamaica Interview - Charley Anderson & Global507 - Part One (1) Part One (1) - Interview of Charley Anderson & BC (Global507) on Jamaica's Number One Morning Show, TV-J's Smile Jamaica. The topic is Ghetto Child, the new release, and our efforts through our Foundation, to eradicate disease, ignorance, hunger and under nutrition of Ghetto Children around the world, one child at a time.
  • DFID Livelihoods Lecture - Nutrition (Part 5): Poverty, undernutrition and disease Professor Nick Mascie-Taylor (Professor of Human Population Biology and Health at the University of Cambridge) explains the importance of nutrition-related factors in combating poverty and suffering in the developing world. This detailed, but enjoyable and very easy to follow lecture is divided into 5 separate videos of approximately 10 minutes each. Professor Mascie-Taylor works closely with DFID Livelihoods on several of its projects, and is acknowledged to be one of the world experts in his subject area.
  • UNICEF Inspired Gifts: UNIMIX Nutrition supplies constitute an important part of UNICEF's nutrition response for women and children. These supplies consist of specific therapeutic food as well as supplies for therapeutic feeding centers and supplementary feeding interventions. UNIMIX is a high protein porridge-like food that has been fortified with vitamins and minerals, to provide supplementary feeding to children under five and to pregnant and breastfeeding women. In 2007, UNICEF's Supply Division procured $50 million worth of nutritional supplies, mainly for emergency situations. Inspired Giftsgives you the opportunity to purchase actual life-saving items that will be shipped directly from both the UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen and one of UNICEF's many suppliers to one of over 150 countries where UNICEF serves. Find out more about UNICEF Inspired Gifts:
  • International Community Takes On Undernutrition Secretary of State Clinton discusses new partnerships to reduce child undernutrition at the "1000 days: Change a Life, Change the Future" event in New York. Distributed by Tubemogul.
  • World Hunger Hunger and poverty claim 25000 lives every day 854 million people do not have enough to eat - more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union 820 million people in developing countries alone are hungry - one in four lives in sub-Saharan Africa In the 1990s, global poverty dropped by 20 percent. The number of hungry people increased by 18 million 524 million of the world's hungry live in South Asia - more than the populations of Australia and USA More than 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women The number of chronically hungry people worldwide is growing by an average of four million per year at current trends Every five seconds a child dies because she or he is hungry Undernutrition in children under the age 18 affects an estimated 350 to 400 million children For 35 dollars you can feed a hungry child in school for a year 10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. One out of four children - roughly 146 million - in developing countries are underweight Almost five million children die each year from preventable diseases such as diarrehoea and measles every year Lack of Vitamin A kills a million infants a year World food aid at 20-year low, 1 billion hungry-WFP
  • The Micronutrient Initiative in Afghanistan: Solving Hidden Hunger amidst Instability The Micronutrient Initiative (MI) works in Afghanistan to deliver several life-saving and life-enhancing micronutrient interventions, including a Vitamin A supplementation program which reaches up to 90% of preschool children. With the support of the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), MI has partnered the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan to implement micronutrient & nutrition programs that are helping to save and improve the lives of women and children in Afghanistan.