WHO Urges Priority Action in Hot Spots of Malnutrition


3 June 2008: Noting that food choices and nutrition are

highly sensitive to food prices, World Health Organization (WHO)

Director-General Margaret Chan sent a message to the FAO High-Level Conference

on World Food Security, which convened in Rome, Italy from 3-5 June 2008,

highlighting that “the food crisis is a direct threat to much hard-won progress

in health development.”

Chan's statement was delivered by Eric Laroche, Assistant

Director-General, and urged priority action for the 21 hot spots of acute and

chronic undernutrition identified by WHO, and called for “gearing up capacity”

for managing malnutrition in young children. [Statement] [Conference website]

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