Report Finds Alarming Malnutrition Rates in DRC

Acute malnutrition rates in several areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo are above the 10 percent intervention threshold set by the United Nations, with some areas exceeding the 15 percent emergency threshold, a new U.N.-backed survey shows.

In a news release, the World Food Program said these high malnutrition rates are caused by a variety of factors including lack of access to safe water, health care and quality food; poor feeding practices for women, children and infants; and lack of resources for agriculture.

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