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Malnutrition rate down in Gitega

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The malnutrition rate among children in Burundi’s Gitega province decreased significantly last year, according to an OXFAM survey conducted in November 1998, OCHA-Burundi reported in its latest information bulletin. Despite the decrease, nutritional feeding and food security activities should continue since the coming months are considered a “lean period” and malnutrition figures could rise again, OXFAM warned. Based on a comparison of the findings of the November anthropometric survey and one done in January 1998, global malnutrition fell in north Gitega from 23.8 percent to 12.9 percent, while acute malnutrition dropped from 6.5 percent to 2.0 percent. In south Gitega, global malnutrition went from 13.3 to 8.3 percent between the two surveys, and acute malnutrition decreased from 5.7 to 1.4 percent.


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