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The World in Medicine
February 20, 2008

Malnutrition in Darfur

JAMA. 2008;299(7):755. doi:10.1001/jama.299.7.755-a

Rates of malnutrition among children in Sudan's embattled Darfur region have reached their highest levels in 3 years, according to a report by United Nations (UN) agencies and the Sudanese government.

Despite efforts of more than 13 000 relief workers from 13 UN agencies and 80 nongovernmental organizations, 16.1% of children younger than 5 years are malnourished compared with 12.9% least year. Malnutrition was highest among young children (6-20 months old). The report also found that North Darfur had the highest malnutrition rate in the region, exceeding 20%. It is the first time that the rate has exceeded the World Health Organization's 15% “emergency threshold” for malnutrition since 2004, a year after the conflict in Darfur began.