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How Can We Improve the Care of Severely Malnourished Children in Africa?

  • Geert Tom Heikens
Public Library of Science
Publication Date
Jan 30, 2007
  • Biology
  • Medicine


JAMA Patient Page | Malnutrition in Children C H IL D H E A LTH The Journal of the American Medical AssociationJAMA PATIENT PAGE Malnutrition in Children Malnutrition means more than feeling hungry or not having enough food to eat. Inadequate intake of protein (necessary to keep the body healthy and build muscle), calories (a measure of energy the body needs), iron (for proper blood cell function), and other nutrients make up different types of malnutrition. Poor nutrition occurs in developing countries, as well as in more prosperous areas of the world. As many as 800 million persons worldwide are affected by malnutrition. More than half the childhood deaths in developing countries are related to malnutrition. The August 4, 2004, issue of JAMA includes an article about surveys that measure acute malnutrition in residents of a developing country. MALNUTRITION FOR MORE INFORMATION • World Health Organization • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 800/370-2943 INFORM YOURSELF To find this and previous JAMA Patient Pages, go to the Patient Page link on JAMA’s Web site at Many are available in English and Spanish. Janet M. Torpy, MD, Writer Cassio Lynm, MA, Illustrator Richard M. Glass, MD, Editor 648 JAMA, August 4, 2004—Vol 292, No. 5 Sources: World Health Organization, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The JAMA Patient Page is a public service of JAMA. The information and recommendations appearing on this page are appropriate in most instances, but they are not a substitute for medical diagnosis. For specific information concerning your personal medical condition, JAMA suggests that you consult your physician. This page may be photocopied noncommercially by physicians and other health care professionals to share with patients. Any other print or online reproduction is subject to AMA approval. To purchase bulk

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