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Malnutrition in Dominican Republic falls 50 per cent

Santo Domingo.- Overall malnutrition in the Dominican Republic fell 50 percent, according to FAO publication ‘Panorama of food security and nutrition 2013′ released Tuesday in Santiago, Chile.

The report says that during the 2005-2012 period malnutrition affects 3.4 percent of Dominican Republic’s children, from 8.4 percent from 1990 to 1996, whereas chronic malnutrition fell from 21.2 percent in 1991, to 10 percent by 2007.

“The reduction of these indicators results from successful public policies in the country and in the region,” said FAO local representative Gero Vaagt.

He said FAO has been helping the country’s efforts to strengthen food and nutrition security through several projects, citing the recent installation of a food bank to provide timely supply to the most vulnerable sectors.


At the regional level the chronic malnutrition indicator (low height in children under 5), went from 13.8 million in 1990, to around 6.9 million in 2012,  for a 50 percent decline and represents 12.8 percent of the total number of children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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