Sept 21, 1963

The Plight of the Malnourished Child

JAMA. 1963;185(12):41-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060120017012

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A "crash program" to relieve the plight of malnourished preschool children throughout the world was ordered by the sixth International Nutrition Congress which met Aug 4-8 at Lake Como, Italy.

A special committee prepared recommendations on "How to Reach the Pre-School Child." The committee said it is estimated that 70% of the pre-school children in developing regions are malnourished, particularly in respect to protein and calories.

The committee proposed the following program, which was accepted by the congress:

Immediate emergency measures should be taken to make the world aware of the seriousness of the problem. Countries should undertake field projects as soon as possible in suitable areas.

The "Pre-School Protection Program" should include:

• Increased availability of protective foods within the economic reach of all sections of the population, preferably by local production. Where this is not possible such foods should be imported.

• Organized programs for improved feeding of

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