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01 Feb 2017 description

Introduction

Since 1990, considerable progress has been made towards improving child health in the world. Nonetheless, worldwide 50 million children younger than five years had acute malnutrition in 20141 and nearly 6 million children died in 2015. The burden is particularly heavy in Africa, where conflict, political fragility and drought are more prevalent. These events affect food security and nutrition by limiting food accessibility, impacting health services and disturbing the care structure within the society.

08 Jun 2012 description

The nutritional situation is serious in the western part of the country (Amhara and Benishangul Gumuz administrative regions), yet without reporting alarming values. In the other areas, GAM is below 10%. Community-based management of acute malnutrition and outreach activities implemented following the 2002/2003 drought are paying off. Severe malnutrition and mortality rates are low as well. Measles vaccination remains inadequate in four out of five regions, with alarming minimum values reported in Oromia (35.8%) and SNNPR (47%).