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Operational Research in Nutrition

Malnutrition is one of the main killers of infants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is estimated that nearly one in five children will not live to their fifth birthday, or an infant and young-child mortality rate of 199 for every 1,000 live births. Malnutrition, the lack of access to health care and the prevalence of certain killer diseases such as malaria very often lie behind the tragedy of this figure.

Using an innovative process, Alima wants to increase the understanding of children’s medical and nutritional profiles so as to improve access to health care.

With Unicef and the WFP’s support Alima is implementing the following activities in the Lomela health area alongside its malnutrition therapy and prevention programs: