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Malnutrition and disability: unexplored opportunities for collaboration

Groce, N; Challenger, E; Berman-Bieler, R; Farkas, A; Yilmaz, N; Schultink, W; Clark, D; ... Kerac, M; + view all (2014) Malnutrition and disability: unexplored opportunities for collaboration. Paediatr Int Child Health , 34 (4) 308 - 314. 10.1179/2046905514Y.0000000156. Green open access

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Abstract

There is increasing international interest in the links between malnutrition and disability: both are major global public health problems, both are key human rights concerns, and both are currently prominent within the global health agenda. In this review, interactions between the two fields are explored and it is argued that strengthening links would lead to important mutual benefits and synergies. At numerous points throughout the life-cycle, malnutrition can cause or contribute to an individual's physical, sensory, intellectual or mental health disability. By working more closely together, these problems can be transformed into opportunities: nutrition services and programmes for children and adults can act as entry points to address and, in some cases, avoid or mitigate disability; disability programmes can improve nutrition for the children and adults they serve. For this to happen, however, political commitment and resources are needed, as are better data.

Type: Article
Title: Malnutrition and disability: unexplored opportunities for collaboration
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1179/2046905514Y.0000000156
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/2046905514Y.0000000156
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/), which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that that reuse is restricted to non-commercial purposes, i.e. research or educational use, and the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Child health,, Delivery of health care, Disability,, Global health,, Human rights,, Malnutrition,, Nutrition,, Public health,
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1435676
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