23 En Mexico 1.5 millones de niños sufren desnutricion

  • Sonora, Yucatán, Tabasco, Baja California Sur and Guanajuato are the Mexican states which have made the most progress in fighting malnutrition
  • According to the National Child Nutrition Ranking (RANNI), levels of anemia in Mexican children are higher than in some African nations
  • Eleven Mexican states, among which is Mexico City, have increased their rates of chronic malnutrition during the last six years; while six other entities fell back in their fight against anemia.

    Currently, 1.5 million children suffer from chronic malnutrition in the country; while two million children under five are anemic.

    The largest declines in fighting against chronic malnutrition are registered in the state of Tamaulipas followed by the states of Tlaxcala, Nuevo Leon, Chihuahua, Colima, Puebla, Baja California, Zacatecas, Nayarit, Mexico City and Aguascalientes.

    According to the National Child Nutrition Ranking (RANNI), levels of anemia in Mexican children are higher than in some African nations.

    In contrast, the states that have made the most progress in combating malnutrition are: Sonora, Yucatan, Tabasco, Guanajuato and Baja California Sur.

    The entities with the highest anemia prevalence are:  Nuevo León, Guanajuato, Morelos, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Jalisco and Tamaulipas.

    During this index presentation, Rosario Robles, Minister of Social Development, said that since the beginning of the current administration it has begun work with community kitchens for this purpose.

    “We are moving towards a comprehensive strategy for community kitchens, especially in states where there are more children with these shortcomings”, she explained. Also, the Minister added that breastfeeding will be also encouraged through the Liconsa network.

    Jose Ignacio Avalos, President of the Un Kilo de Ayuda Foundation, said that Mexico has declined in combating anemia internationally. He also noted that the national average only decreased one percentage point in the last 6 years, from 13.6 to 12.4. In comparison, from 1999 to 2005 the country reduced malnutrition from 21.5 to 15.4 percent.

    Mauricio Hernandez, Director of the National Institute of Public Health, said that states like Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca are still concentrating the largest child population with malnutrition, despite the progresses in the index.

    “A child born in Chiapas has six times more likely to live with malnutrition, these results show us the inequality that still exists in the country”, he said.

    Source: www.informador.com.mx