Dear friends, I send my dis-agreement in respect of the coming WHO-Wellcome
Trust meeting on malnutrition.
Let me write as a lay man 'of the street': the meeting will cost much money, will attract people from all corners of the globe (who pays for them?), interesting papers will be presented and discussed, proposals for future plans of action will be formulated. As usual, as before.
By the duration of the meeting thousand/millions children will miss their right of food, with little concern of their respective governments or communities.
On mal-nutrition (including obesity yes) and on best ways on how to deal with it, both in poor and rich countries *everything* has beenwritten/investigated/proposed from years.
Yes, one of the new and 'scientific' approach has been the adoption of RUTF, Africa receive ships full of plumpynut : a day will come that this approach will be abandoned because of its detrimental effects on PEM in children or simply because Unicef will stop to promote it. Of course an extra meeting will be needed, full of professors/nutritionists and obviously new ideas and proposals. This is the way we progress.
Massimo Serventi (70ys)
CHIFA profile: Massimo Serventi is a long-standing Pediatrician working in Africa since 1982. He currently works on a volunteer basis in an excellent missionary/credited hospital in north Uganda, St. Mary's Hospital-Lacor-GULU. He has worked for several NGOs in 6 African/2 Asian countries. His interests include clinical and community pediatrics, adherence to clinical guidelines and school education as the major determinant of good health.