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UNICEF Statement on Severe Acute Malnutrition

NEW DELHI, India, August 5, 2009: Children with severe acute malnutrition are at risk of imminent death and need immediate, life-saving treatment. Family foods or supplementary foods are not enough; these children need very specific treatment for their condition.

UNICEF provided Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) in two states, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, a proven, life-saving intervention using the World Health Organization’s (WHO) globally recommended protocols and products.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development and UNICEF have a strong working relationship and are partnering together to implement a mutually agreed upon workplan to address the nutrition needs of the country’s most vulnerable children and women.

UNICEF will continue its evidence-based, open and frank discussions and coordination with the Government of India to make sure the most urgent nutrition needs of children are met.

Angela Walker, Chief Advocacy and Partnerships, UNICEF India.



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