Tanzania makes 'modest' progress in reducing malnutrition

President Jakaya Kikwete

Tanzania has made 'modest' progress in reducing the number of children suffering from malnutrition, according to its President.

President Jakaya Kikwete told a meeting on food and nutrition at the UN on Tuesday that, like in many developed countries, malnutrition is a serious problem in Tanzania.

He said that one third of children under five years of age die of malnutrition.

President Kikwete said that during the past 35 years the Tanzanian government has implemented various programmes to improve nutrition.

"As a result of these interventions, modest progress has been made. For instance, between 1999 and 2010 child stunting was reduced from 44 per cent to 35 per cent. Child underweight fell from 29 to 21 and also anaemia in children under five declined from 72 to 59 per cent. Similarly, the prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age declined from 50 to 40."

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