Stories: Malnutrition

  • Childhood Stunting Slows Public Health Progress in Tanzania

    Yasin Issa thinks he is too small for his age. The 13-year-old boy stands less than four feet tall. He wears a thick brown canvas jacket around his petite body and plays with his friends on one of the many hilltops in his neighborhood nestled on the slopes of the Uluguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania. "We don't eat...

  • Reversing Chronic Malnutrition Starts Inside the Home

    Issa Abdulla’s sons, 10-year-old Nuhu and 7-year-old Sam, love dinners made with rabbit meat most. So the father of three (Sam and Nuhu have a 19-month-old sister named Tunda) gave each of his sons a rabbit of their own to raise and slaughter. “They’re excited about it,” Abdulla assured as his sons peeked around...

  • Poster Gallery: Infant Health

    The other day, this poster popped up in my Facebook timeline. It’s a neat infographic aimed at creating awareness about malnutrition in slums. Click on the image to see a larger version at their website. It’s been created by Fields of View, a collective in Bangalore that seems to be doing very...

  • Feeding Malnourished Children in Macha, Zambia

    I saw for the very first time in my life a severe acute malnourished child. He was two. I didn’t ask his name as not to pry into the intimate lives of two parents whose main concern was the life and health of their little one, but I will never forget his swollen face. I met this...

  • Decoding Malnutrition

    How is it that 46 per cent of children are stunted in Dharavi, one of the more organised slums in a city like Mumbai which also has one of the richest people in the world?” Nobody had answers to the question raised by writer and journalist Kalpana Sharma at a discussion organised by the International Reporting Project (www.internationalreportingproject.org)....

  • Childhood Malnutrition in India

    Today’s post is number three in the run-up to my International Reporting Project trip to India where I will be part of a team of 10 journalists covering the topic of child survival. First, I addressed Infectious Diseases, then Vaccinations. Today, we will look at Malnutrition. What is the state of malnutrition in India? How has scientific understanding of...