Malnutrition in Africa

  • CDC: International Micronutrient Malnutrition
    CDC has been working with UNICEF, the WHO, USAID, and the Global Alliance for improved nutrition to assist countries to assess the burden of micronutrient deficiencies through national surveys and implementation of surveillance systems to monitor food fortification and micronutrient supplementation programs and track the micronutrient status of target populations.
  • WHO- Determinants of malnutrition
    Information about nutrition-based disease from WHO.
  • WHO- Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition
    The Global Database is a standardized compilation of child growth and malnutrition data from nutritional surveys conducted around the world since 1960. The Global Database will be of interest to national and international health authorities, particularly for planning and evaluating nutrition-related public health interventions.
  • WHO- What do we mean by malnutrition?
    This WHO site provides basic information on malnutrition, which affects close to 800 million people in the world. Links and information related to the Nutrition sub-division of the WHO.
  • WHO- Nutrition
    This is the home page for the World Health Organization's Nutrition Web site. This site discusses nutrition and human rights, malnutrition, and various other emerging issues, and provides details of WHO research and programmes that have been/are being undertaken throughout the world. Links are included to selected publications and documents, nutrition databases, and other resources.
  • UNICEF: Malnutrition
    This site provides UNICEF's key statistical databases with detailed country-specific information.
  • The Merck Manual- Protein-Energy Malnutrition
    Provides information about the deficiency syndrome caused by the inadequate intake of macronutrients.
  • eMedicine- Malnutrition
    Atricle by Donna G Grigsby, MD, of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine provides detailed information about nutritional deficiency.
  • World Food Program- Africa
    Map of Africa provides gateway to detailed information about WFP activities in individual countries.
  • OMNI Micronutrient Fact Sheets: Africa
    Developed and funded by the Office of Nutrition of USAID, the Opportunities for Micronutrient Interventions Project (OMNI) is a comprehensive five-year effort to control and prevent micronutrient deficiencies in developing countries. This site links to OMNI's national prevalence surveys for vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and anemia in a number of African countries.
  • WHO Document (PDF)- Management of severe malnutrition : a manual for physicians and other senior health workers
    This document, published 1999 by the World Health Organisation, provides guidelines for the management of severely malnourished patients, with particular emphasis on the management of children. The manual is aimed at physicians, nurses, midwives, and auxiliaries.
  • eMedicine- Marasmus
    This peer-reviewed article explains what marasmus is, its causes, and pathophysiology; provides advice for taking a patient's clinical history and carrying out a physical examination; lists other problems that should be considered/eliminated before diagnosis; and provides information about tests that might be carried out, treatment options, medication, follow-up care, complications, and prevention.
  • Tropical Medicine Central Resource- Chapter 16, Kwashiorkor (Protein-Calorie Malnutrition)
    This site links to chapter 16 of a 1700 page, 2 volume textbook "The Imaging of Tropical Diseases, with Epidemiological, Pathological and Clinical Corrilation". This richly-illustrated online textbook chapter provides clear and extensive information on Kwashiorkor.
  • FAO-Agriculture food and nutrition for Africa - A resource book for teachers of agriculture
    Link to chapter 8 - Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. Teachers of agriculture should find this resource book useful in creating effective and innovative training programmes.
  • World Food Program- Facts and Figures, Hunger Facts
    Quantitative and factual information about global hunger, child hunger, malnutrition, food aid and HIV/AIDS, etc.
  • Report- GMO workshop statement Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 2004
    This is a report of a workshop on the problem of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and community rights in Burkina Faso. The document brings out elements of the debate around food security and GMO foods.
  • FAO- Nutritional Database
    This databse of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations provides statistics on commodities, food supply, food balance sheets, food aid, population, and the Codex Alimentarius.
  • PAMM- Program Against Micronutrient Malnutrition
    PAMM is dedicated to support countries to eliminate vitamin and mineral deficiencies. PAMM works in cooperation with public-private and civic organizations that share this global goal.
  • The Micronutrient Initiative
    MI supports and promotes food fortification and supplementation programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America and provides technical and operational support in those countries where micronutrient malnutrition is most prevalent. The mission of the MI is to facilitate the elimination of micronutrient malnutrition by supporting effective and sustainable programs.
  • MOST- USAID Micronutrient Program
    The MOST mission is to implement and evaluate state-of-the-art interventions to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies and to provide technical guidance and coordination to other USAID projects with micronutrient-related components.
  • FEWS NET- Famine Early Warning Systems Network
    FEWS NET is a USAID-funded activity that collaborates with international, national, and regional partners to provide timely and rigorous early warning and vulnerability information on emerging or evolving food security issues.
  • Article- Addressing Malnutrition In South Africa
    This article by Gary Klugman provided by Science in Africa.