Monday, 22 November 2010

Child nutrition crisis in South Africa?

South Africa has a per-capita income of US$10 140 (PPP 2008). It is the largest economy in Africa.

In the Bergville district, KZN province, South Africa, between January and October, 15% of children under 5 died as a result of malnutrition, according to this report.

Residents say this is partly because the local hospital has stopped supplying infant formula in favour of promoting exclusive breastfeeding. They also say that part of the problem is that young girls (many of the mothers are under 18 years) dump their babies with the babies' grandmothers - which would undermine exclusive breastfeeding anyway.

Is this the start of a child nutrition crisis or simply a media report noticing what has been there all along?

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