The State of the World's Children 1998: Focus on Nutrition

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Figure 5. Causes of Child Malnutrition

This conceptual framework on the causes of malnutrition was developedin 1990 as part of the Unicef nutrition strategy. The framework shows that causes of malnutrition are multisectoral, embracing food, health and caring practices. They are also classified as immediate, underlying, and basic, whereby factors at one level influence other levels. The framework is used. at national. district and local levels, to help plan effective actions to improve nutrition. It serves as a guide in assessing and analysing the causes of the nutrition problem and helps in identifying the most appropriate mixture of actions.

Source: UNICEF 1997

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