New growth measures help fight infant mortality

April 29, 2009

"As an example of how the new system catches at-risk children earlier, Marie-Sophie Whitney, Action Against Hunger (ACF) senior nutrition adviser, noted that a six-month-old boy measuring 65cm and weighing less than 5.7kg would be considered severely acutely malnourished under the new standards, whereas under the 1977 National Centre for Health Statistics (NCHS) system, based on bottle-fed Caucasian children from the Midwest USA, the level would be 4.9kg."