Child Survival and Development




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Children eat a mid-day meal of peanuts at their home in a village near Segou.

More than one-third of child deaths are directly related to under-nutrition. Many Malian children get off to a bad start with 23 per cent having a low birth weight and only 38 per cent of babies being exclusively breastfed for six months. Infant feeding practices are poor, and many children are weakened by preventable diseases resulting in 38 per cent of children being stunted. Combating malnutrition requires interventions at different levels that simultaneously target treatment of severe malnutrition and prevent malnutrition in children and pregnant women.



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