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Botswana’s Lack Of Data Systems To Track Malnutrition Hampering Efforts To Address Problem

Malnutrition Deeply: Experts Warn Data Gaps Are Undermining Botswana’s Nutrition Programs
“…In a country where nearly one-third of all children under 5 years of age suffer from stunting, according to statistics from the World Health Organization, Botswana is scrambling to address undernutrition among the country’s children. But it lacks the systems to accurately and consistently track data on how the situation is changing. … Information about malnutrition in Botswana is coming from administrative records that are collected by health institutions in the course of their day-to-day work, but that information is gathered infrequently and plagued by gaps, officials said…” (Tshipa, 2/12).

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