|UNICEF is working to|
reverse Maldives malnutrition issues.
UNICEF is Helping Government Efforts to Address Maldives Malnutrition.UNICEF is working with the government of the Maldives Islands to address Maldives malnutrition. Approximately 17 % of Maldivian children are underweight and close to 19% are suffering from stunting or low height-to-age ratio.
UNICEF recommends that all children under the age of six months be exclusively breastfed. This means no other liquids or solids. According to a 2007 micro-nutrient survey, UNICEF estimates that up to 81% of Maldivian children do receive other milk, liquids or solids. This is aggravating the Maldives malnutrition problem including stunting and reduced height-to-age-ratio. UNICEF estimates that the average duration of exclusive breast feeding is less than two and a half months. Other issues are the lack of proper nutrition leading to anemia and iron deficiency in an estimated 60% of the child population under age 5.
For more see:
"In the Maldives, UNICEF Supports Efforts By the Government to Fight Malnutrition," UNICEF News, 16 May 2012.