WHO launches nutritional website to fight malnutrition
Aug 10, 2011
As a way to combat further malnutrition problems, The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new, web-based information system to teach prevention methods, IRIN reports.
A lack of proper understanding about what protocol should be used to stop malnutrition from spreading is the main problem, according to WHO. Organization leaders say they hope the website will help world leaders and humanitarian groups come together as a unified team to use the same ideas and methods consistently.
"What we need to do is to make clear what are effective interventions," Francesco Branca, WHO's nutrition director, told the news outlet.
The website, e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions, goes over the three main forms of malnutrition: under-nutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and obesity.
"Several billion people are affected by one or more types of malnutrition," Ala Alwan, WHO's assistant director-general of Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health told the news source. "Countries need access to the science and evidence-informed guidance to reduce the needless death and suffering associated with malnutrition."
To date, roughly 115 million pre-school-aged children around the world are underweight, while 190 million children are affected by vitamin A deficiency, according to the news outlet. Another 500 million people are obese, according to the new website.