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The Phenomenal Benefits of Improving Mother and Child Nutrition

A tablet that costs less than 5 gourdes (or US$0.08) could end up saving more than 15,000 Haitian lives over the next 12 years, according to new research for Haiti Priorise.

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Nutrition

Tens of thousands of young Haitian children suffering from severe and moderate acute malnutrition go untreated every year; many of them die and those who survive may face lifelong debilitations. 

One response is to improve efforts to prevent malnutrition, through biofortification – improving the nutritional quality of staple food products – or providing supplements to expectant mothers, to improve the nutrition of their children. 

Another response is to focus on combating wasting. Children suffering from wasting have a low weight-for-height ratio. This involves screening and treating children who are suffering from severe and moderate malnutrition using a standard ready-to- use therapeutic food.

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Preventative Nutrition Interventions

Anemia and micronutrient deficiencies affect a large proportion of the population in Haiti.  An estimated 21% of children born in the last 3 years in Haiti had low birth weight, although birth weight was reported in only 26% of births. According to the most recent survey, 49% of women of reproductive age and 65% of preschool children were anemic.

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Expanding Community-Based Management of Children Suffering from Moderate and Severe Acute Malnutrition Using a standard and a Local RUTF Formula

Tens of thousands of young Haitian children suffering from severe (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) go untreated every year; many of them die and those who survive may face lifelong debilitations.

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