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VENEZUELA MALNUTRITION

Child malnutrition worsens in Venezuela amid food


shortages
EFE | Caracas | 28 Jul 2016

Food shortages in Venezuela have spurred an increase in child malnutrition, according to Livia Machado, a spokesperson for the
association of pediatricians. EFE/Miguel Gutirrez

Mename

Food shortages in Venezuela have spurred an increase in child malnutrition, according to Livia Machado, a spokesperson
for the association of pediatricians.
Even hospitals and schools are affected, she said.
The situation is reected in the plight of Rosibel Martinez, whose ve children range in age from 7 months to 14 years.
Baby Dilan, who weighed just 2.5 kilos (5.5 lbs.) at birth, has lost 2.8 kilos (6 lbs.) in the last month due to malnutrition.
Rosibel, a single mother of 37, breast-fed her son for the rst four months, but had to go back to work to support her
brood. She told EFE that she has found it impossible to secure a reliable supply of infant formula, forcing her to feed Dilan
on water mixed with cornstarch and soups.
Often, the baby has to go without protein for extended periods because of the high cost of meat and chicken.
Last Friday, Dilan was admitted to Domingo Luciani Hospital suffering from diarrhea and dehydration and weighing only 5
kilos (11 lbs.).
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One of the doctors, who declined to give his full name for fear of reprisals, told EFE that Dilan's illness due to the "absence
of protein."
Venezuela's foremost pediatric hospital, JM de Los Rios, relies on donations from the U.S. and Spain to maintain an
adequate supply of infant formula.

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