Child malnutrition – from Hospital to clinical practice – the experience of Tanzania and Uganda

Alexandra Vasconcelos
2016 Journal Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research (BBR)  
Biomed Biopharm Res. , 2016; (13) 2: , 135-153 135 Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research J o r n a l d e I n v e s t i g a ç ã o B i o m é d i c a e B i o f a r m a c ê u t i c a Abstract In recent years, there has been a global effort to tackle the problem of child malnutrition that is still the underlying cause of death of at least 3.1 million children annually. Uganda and Tanzania are among the 22 countries with higher prevalence of child malnutrition. However, these two countries are
more » ... wo countries are true examples of how it is possible to reduce this scourge through simple, low-cost strategies. In 2010 I had the opportunity to learn and understand childhood malnutrition through a postgraduate course in Tanzania and Uganda -the East African Short Course in Tropical Medicine from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Beginning with a review of concepts and definitions of childhood malnutrition and the links between development and nutrition, this article moves on to summarise a learning experience from Uganda and Tanzania related to the progress and effectiveness of 'hospital-based" and 'community-specific' interventions.
doi:10.19277/bbr.13.2.135 fatcat:lvackzo64vghrarahcyszgf3ly