HAVANA, Cuba.- Cuba is the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean that has eliminated child malnutrition, thanks to the government’s efforts to improve the diet of the most vulnerable groups, asserts an international organization.
The last report of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), entitled Progress for Children: a Report Card on Nutrition, points out that there are 146 million children under five years of age in the world with serious problems of malnutrition.
The UNICEF report adds that one of Cuba’s objectives is to eliminate poverty and guarantee environmental sustainability for 2015.
Among other achievements of the Caribbean island it highlights the reduction of children’s mortality rate, which continues to be 4.7 per every 1,000 live births, one of the lowest figures in the world, as announced Berta Lidia Castro, head of the National Group of Pediatrics of the Public Health Ministry.
According to an article published by the Siglo del Torreon, a Mexican regional newspaper, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also acknowledges Cuba as the country with more advances in Latin America in the struggle against malnutrition. That’s the reason why it places it at the forefront of the fulfillment of objectives in terms of human development, concludes the newspaper.