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Impact of the economic crisis and increase in food prices on child mortality: Exploring nutritional pathways

The Journal of Nutrition Christian, P. 2009-11-18
Article on the nutritional pathways underlying the link between food prices and child mortality. The 2009 economic crisis and food price increase may have a widespread impact on the nutritional and health status of populations, especially in the developing world. Gains in child survival over the past few decades are likely to be threatened and millennium development goals will be harder to achieve. Beyond starvation, which is one of the causes of death in famine situations, there are numerous nutritional pathways by which childhood mortality can increase. These include increases in childhood wasting and stunting, intrauterine growth restriction, and micronutrient deficiencies such as that of vitamin A, iron, and zinc when faced with a food crisis and decreased food availability. These pathways are elucidated and described. Data from previous economic crises provide evidence of an increase in childhood mortality that is reviewed.
  • Economic
  • Food Insecurity
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Other Crises
  • Women and/or Girls
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • East Asia
  • Global
  • Latin America
  • Oceania
  • Pacific Islands
  • South America
  • a. Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
  • Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Chad
  • Congo (Republic of the)
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Indonesia
  • Mozambique
  • Sudan
  • Children (boys and/or girls 1-10 years old)
  • Country-level population(s)
  • Households
  • Infants (boys and/or girls up to 12 months old)
  • Mothers
  • Women (adults and/or adolescents)
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