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22 Jul 2011 description

Dakar, 21st July 2011, António Manuel Mascarenhas Gomes Monteiro aims to help combat childhood malnutrition in West Africa through his new role as Nutrition Advocate. The former President of Cape Verde will advocate directly with leaders of West African nations to encourage them to place nutrition at the heart of development strategies and advise on approaches to secure policy focus.

Each year around 600 000 children under five in the region die from causes related to malnutrition, as the condition contributes to 35 per cent of all the child deaths in the region.

20 Jul 2009 description

CONTACT: Jennifer Klopp, Vice President of Development and Communications Helen Keller International 212-532-0544 x808 jklopp@hki.org

July 20, 2009, Dakar, Senegal - Helen Keller International (HKI) received $1,864,049 to expand its micronutrient fortification efforts in West Africa to Senegal and Mauritania from USAID/OFDA. Many developing nations are plagued with micronutrient deficiencies that can lead to anemia, diarrhea, and blindness-related diseases.