Pakistan suffering famine-like child malnutrition

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 23:03

Islamabad: The United Nations says that southern Pakistan is suffering child malnutrition rates similar to those seen in African famines following last year`s
massive floods.

The United Nations Children`s Fund says a survey in
southern Sindh province shows that almost a quarter of
children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition.

UNICEF`s deputy representative in Pakistan, Karen
Allen, called the results "shockingly bad" in a statement that
appeared on the group`s website yesterday. She said the
malnutrition rates rival those from famines in Ethiopia, Chad
and Darfur.

UNICEF`s chief of communications in Pakistan, Kristen
Elsby, called it "a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions."
She said the survey was carried out after floods hit Pakistan
in July.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 23:03

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