Navigation Links
Developing world has less than 5 percent chance of meeting UN child hunger target, study estimates
Date:7/4/2012

Insufficient progress has been made in most developing countries to meet the United Nations' target of halving the proportion of children who suffer from hunger by 2015 compared with 1990 levels, according to a systematic analysis of data on children's height and weight, published today in the Lancet. Although the nutritional status of children under five has improved overall since 1985, one in five infants and children in developing countries is still moderately or severely underweight, amounting to an estimated 110 million children worldwide. Another 148 million are mildly underweight.

The UN set the target as part of its Millennium Development Goals. This new analysis, led by Professor Majid Ezzati from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, estimates that while 61 out of the 141 developing countries studied are likely to meet this target, the developing world as a whole has less than a 5% chance of succeeding. Progress has been uneven between regions, with Asia and Latin America making the strongest improvements and sub-Saharan Africa falling behind.

Because nutrition has a strong effect on children's growth, nutritional status in children can be assessed using scores based on their height and weight relative to their age, called height-for-age and weight-for-age Z scores (HAZ and WAZ).

Researchers from Imperial College London, the World Health Organisation and universities in the US compiled HAZ and WAZ data from national surveys and other sources, and used statistical methods to estimate average Z scores and the prevalence of undernutrition (defined as insufficient food intake and absorption) for entire countries.

The results show that:

  • The proportion of children classed as moderately to severely underweight fell from 30.1% to 19.4% between 1985 and 2011 in the countries studied. The prevalence of moderate to severe stunting (insufficient growth in height for their age) declined fr
    '/>"/>

Contact: Sam Wong
sam.wong@imperial.ac.uk
44-207-594-2198
Imperial College London
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Family history of liver cancer increases risk of developing the disease
2. Research4Life greatly expands peer-reviewed research available to developing world
3. Medbox Developing a Patent Pending Wall-Mounted Biometric Kiosk for Storage of Sensitive Medicine Samples and Supplies for Doctors Offices.
4. Agricultural expert outlines path for developing nations to double food production, meet 2050 demand
5. VTT and GE Healthcare developing novel biomarkers to predict Alzheimers disease
6. UMass Amherst biochemists developing tools to stop plague and other bacterial threats
7. 7th World Congress for Rett Syndrome to convene in New Orleans, La., June 22-26
8. Worlds leading coral experts to gather in Australia
9. Ottawa researchers to lead world-first clinical trial of stem cell therapy for septic shock
10. New paper examines poison resistance in snakes around the world
11. Global Information Inc. Announces Discounted Conference Registration For Bio-IT World Asia and Biodetection Technologies 2012
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/13/2015)... Jul. 13, 2015 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce ... patent 62/188684 for BEHAVIORAL-DIRECTED AUTHENTIATION METHOD ... convenient and secure method to make payments.  With ... methods, introduced with its groundbreaking voice-direct payment patent ...
(Date:7/9/2015)... 2015 Research and ... the "Biometrics for Banking; Market & Technology ... to their offering. The adoption for ... growth and the forecast is that by 2020 ... companies involved in delivering biometric systems to the ...
(Date:7/9/2015)... Calif. , July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... leading developer of human interface solutions, today ... the industry,s first fully hardware encapsulated fingerprint ... secure authentication technology is literally off the ... and biometric matching within the fingerprint sensor ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NXT-ID Patents Behavior-Directed Payments 2NXT-ID Patents Behavior-Directed Payments 3NXT-ID Patents Behavior-Directed Payments 4Global Banking Biometrics Market 2015-2020 - Market & Technology Analysis, Adoption Strategies and Forecasts 2Global Banking Biometrics Market 2015-2020 - Market & Technology Analysis, Adoption Strategies and Forecasts 3Synaptics Announces World's First Match-in-Sensor Fingerprint Authentication Technology 2Synaptics Announces World's First Match-in-Sensor Fingerprint Authentication Technology 3
... CORVALLIS, Ore. Most large, clinical trials of vitamin ... no value or even harmful, have a flawed methodology ... value of these micronutrients, a new analysis suggests. ... naturally available in the human diet the same way ...
... to sequence the DNA of plants and animals has ... of DNA poses difficulties for sequencing specimens in museum ... issues, a recent study of 31 target spider species ... both time and body size are significant factors in ...
... flagship and charismatic species, very attractive for the ... relevant sentinel of the marine realm. Their,presence and ... indicate the health of the place, whereas,their disappearance, ... or health could,reflect negative environmental changes, whether of ...
Cached Biology News:Most clinical studies on vitamins flawed by poor methodology 2Most clinical studies on vitamins flawed by poor methodology 3The value of museum collections for development of DNA barcode libraries 2DNA barcoding to monitor marine mammal genetic diversity 2
(Date:8/4/2015)... Aug. 4, 2015  Blueprint Medicines (NASDAQ: BPMC ... kinase drugs for genomically defined diseases, today announced that ... a company overview at the 2015 Wedbush PacGrow Healthcare ... EDT. A live webcast of the event ... the Blueprint Medicines website at www.blueprintmedicines.com . An ...
(Date:8/4/2015)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... August 04, 2015 , ... ... difference by inviting a diverse selection of entrepreneurs from across the United States to ... CEO Jessica Richman is honored to be chosen to be among the attendees. , ...
(Date:8/4/2015)... , Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (Nasdaq: ... in China , today announced that ... second quarter, ended June 30, 2015, after market close ... conference call on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at 8:00 ... China Standard Time) to review the Company,s financial results ...
(Date:8/3/2015)... GREENVILLE, N.C. , Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... will unveil its new Fingerprint Molecular Identification™ (FMID) ... Identification,s educational conference in Sacramento, Calif. ... in forensic science, will enable law enforcement agents, ... molecular profile of criminal suspects. By ...
Breaking Biology Technology:White House Invites uBiome CEO Jessica Richman to First-Ever Startup Demo Day 2Sinovac to Host Conference Call to Report Second Quarter 2015 Unaudited Financial Results 2ArroGen Previews New Fingerprint Molecular Identification Technology 2
... COLUMBIA, Md., Aug. 11 BP and Martek Biosciences Corporation (Nasdaq: ... Development Agreement (JDA) to work on the production of microbial oils ... operational capabilities to advance the development of a step-change technology for ... Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Martek and BP ...
... , QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - AEterna Zentaris Inc. ... biopharmaceutical company focused on endocrinology and oncology, today reported financial and ... ended June 30, 2009. , , , ... - Two poster presentations at the American Association of Cancer, ...
... , SANTA MONICA, Calif. and LAS VEGAS, ... one of the largest umbilical cord blood stem cell preservation companies ... the life saving potential of stem cells to families nationwide and ... square foot facility in Las Vegas for conversion into a state-of-the-art ...
Cached Biology Technology:BP and Martek Biosciences Enter a Joint Development Agreement to Deliver Advanced Biodiesels 2BP and Martek Biosciences Enter a Joint Development Agreement to Deliver Advanced Biodiesels 3BP and Martek Biosciences Enter a Joint Development Agreement to Deliver Advanced Biodiesels 4AEterna Zentaris Reports Second Quarter 2009 Financial and Operating Results 2AEterna Zentaris Reports Second Quarter 2009 Financial and Operating Results 3AEterna Zentaris Reports Second Quarter 2009 Financial and Operating Results 4AEterna Zentaris Reports Second Quarter 2009 Financial and Operating Results 5AEterna Zentaris Reports Second Quarter 2009 Financial and Operating Results 6AEterna Zentaris Reports Second Quarter 2009 Financial and Operating Results 7AEterna Zentaris Reports Second Quarter 2009 Financial and Operating Results 8Cord Blood America New Las Vegas Stem Cell Laboratory Scheduled for Opening in 4th Quarter 2009 2Cord Blood America New Las Vegas Stem Cell Laboratory Scheduled for Opening in 4th Quarter 2009 3
... to rapidly and reliably amplify unknown ... APA Technology. APAgene provides hassle-free, ready-to ... price. All necessary ingredients are provided ... can be used for identifying transgene/genomic ...
Recommended for supporting the growth of anchorage-dependent cells including human and mouse stromal cells, mesenchymal cells and cell lines....
... number is a new product ... Cornings product number. If showing ... under the old Sigma-Aldrich number ... for assistance. ID clarifier: cap, ...
Extremely high efficiency packaging extracts useful for transfecting our EpiFOS™ or CopyControl™ Fosmids, or any DNA vector with cos sites. A tremendous value when conpared to the competition...
Biology Products: