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    Rapid assessment of the condition of children in Iraq by UNICEF.

    Public Health Reports. 2003 Sep-Oct; 118(5):481.

    UNICEF has conducted an evaluation of the current rate of malnutrition among Iraqi children under the age of 5. The study demonstrated that acute malnutrition or wasting away among these children had jumped from 4% before the war to 7.7% currently, almost doubling. Acute malnutrition sets in quickly and is a good indicator of the overall health of children. Prior to the war, UNICEF ran 3,000 Community Child Care Units (CCCU) that were staffed by a p proximately 13,000 volunteers, their purpose being to screen children for malnutrition and to catch children in the early stages. However, due to the fighting, this system has collapsed. Efforts are being made to reestablish the system; the facilities in Umm Qasr and Baghdad have been reopened. (excerpt)
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