My child no longer eats sand Mauritania, Aid and Global Battle against Child Malnutrition



This publication outlines some of the success that several joint initiatives have had in fighting malnutrition in Mauritania that should be replicated elsewhere in the region and demonstrates the impact of quality aid, coordinated between the national government, humanitarian organizations and donor countries.  

This study provides an overview of the four main crises facing Mauritania, examines the threats and opportunities posed to the current efforts to address these crises and concludes with four key recommendations moving forward. It also lends further credence to the effectiveness of breastfeeding as a strategy to reduce child mortality and notes that the strategy of deploying numerous hygiene, deworming, vitamin distribution and salt iodization programs had demonstrable success in not letting malnutrition manifest or aggravate diseases.

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