Trends in malnutrition and mortality in Darfur, Sudan, between 2004 and 2008: a meta-analysis of publicly available surveys.

Nielsen J, Prudhon C, de Radigues X.

The humanitarian response to the crisis in Darfur is considered the largest humanitarian operation in the world. Nielsen et al conducted a meta-analysis of 164 publicly available surveys to analyse trends in malnutrition and mortality in Dafur, Sudan.

The results showed that Global Acute Malnutrition and Severe Acute Malnutrition decreased by 16% and 28%, respectively, in 2004-05, whereas Crude Death Rate dropped by 44-75% per year depending on state and type of population and under 5 death rate decreased by an overall 50% yearly. Both security and the humanitarian contexts became increasingly complex after 2005, but levels of malnutrition stabilized in North and South Darfur.

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