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Malnutrition in Afghanistan : scale, scope, causes, and potential response

Author: Emily Levitt; World Bank.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : World Bank, ©2011.
Series: Directions in development (Washington, D.C.)., Human development.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document : International government publication   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book has the potential to contribute to a reversing of this trend, whereby activities in not only the health sector but also in other sectors relevant to nutrition will gain increased support and prominence in national development planning. South Asia has by far the largest number of malnourished women and children, and no other region of the world has higher rates of malnutrition. Malnutrition in childhood is  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Levitt; World Bank.
ISBN: 9780821384411 0821384414 9780821384428 0821384422
OCLC Number: 672978671
Description: xxi, 210 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: The current nutrition situation in Afghanistan --
The determinants of undernutrition in Afghanistan --
Political economy and capacity to address undernutrition --
Current programs, gaps, and opportunities --
Recommendations.
Series Title: Directions in development (Washington, D.C.)., Human development.
Responsibility: Emily Levitt [and others].

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This book has the potential to contribute to a reversing of this trend, whereby activities in not only the health sector but also in other sectors relevant to nutrition will gain increased support and prominence in national development planning. South Asia has by far the largest number of malnourished women and children, and no other region of the world has higher rates of malnutrition. Malnutrition in childhood is the biggest contributor to child mortality; a third of child deaths have malnutrition as an underlying cause. For the surviving children, malnutrition has lifelong implications because it severely reduces a child's ability to learn and to grow to his or her full potential. Malnutrition thus leads to less productive adults and weaker national economic performance. Therefore, the impact of malnutrition on a society's productivity and well being and a nation's long-term development is hard to underestimate. For the South Asia region of the World Bank, malnutrition is a key development priority, and in the coming years, the Bank intends to enhance dramatically its response to this challenge. As a first step, a series of country assessments such as this one are being carried out. These assessments will be used to reinforce the dialogue with governments and other development partners to scale up an evidence-based response against malnutrition. To succeed, we will need to address the problem comprehensively, which will require engaging several sectors. This assessment of malnutrition in Afghanistan lays out the scale, scope, and causes of the problem. The assessment also indicates key elements of a potential response.

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