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Malnutrition drops in northwestern Kenya

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Malnutrition has dropped in the Turkana region in northwestern Kenya according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado says that recent nutrition surveys in the drought-affected areas of Kenya show that security has helped to feed the most vulnerable people.

“Our nutrition surveys show that in Turkana, which is one of the worst affected areas in the middle of last year, global acute malnutrition dropped from 37 per cent to 13 .7 per cent over a 6-month period. This improvement was attributed to stronger response covering supplementary blanket feeding, nutrition and health outreach as well as general food distribution.” (Duration: 25”)

However, Marixie Mercado adds, in areas close to the Somali border where insecurity is rampant, malnutrition has remained high.