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09 Feb 2010 description

Vitamins and minerals are vital in a child=B4s diet to boost immunity and healthy development. Too often, young children=B4s health and immunity are threatened by malnutrition and infections, creating a vicious cycle of infection exacerbating malnourishment. Although an infectious disease is often listed as the cause of death, malnutrition plays a crucial role in more than half of the 10.6 million annual deaths of children under five.

Great strides have been made in our understanding of nutritional interventions that can contribute to the prevention and treatment of infections.