Research Article

Increased mining activities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: an opportunity to improve the nutritional status of children under five-years-old

Published in: South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume 23, issue 4, 2010 , pages: 186–190
DOI: 10.1080/16070658.2010.11734336
Author(s): Tn AchokiGlobal Health Initiative, Switzerland, C ShilumaniPublic Health Specialist, South Africa

Abstract

Introduction: Household poverty and poor access to health and other social amenities are key drivers of malnutrition and poor child health in most low-resources settings. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the backdrop of past instability, experiences a host of socio-economic factors that effectively result in malnutrition among under-five children – despite immense natural resources. Recent stability and enormous mineral resource wealth has attracted mining companies to invest in the eastern provinces of the country, presenting an opportunity to improve the nutritional and overall health status of children in the region. We therefore sought to describe the prevalence of malnutrition in the region, cognisant of these developments.

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