What can we learn from Sierra Leone?

thesda When looking at the figures in terms of food safety, disease prevalence, undernutrition, and general well-being, sub-Saharan African countries are consistently found at the bottom end of the health spectrum. One of these countries, Sierra Leone, is of the poorest in the world. It has a population of over 7 million, but gross national…

UNDERNUTRITION

Undernutrition occurs when there are deficiencies in terms of the energy intake in a diet and is commonly related to poor access to safe nutritious food. Undernutrition includes stunting (low height-for-age), wasting (low weight-for-height), underweight (low weight-for-age) and deficiencies in micronutrients (e.g. insufficient vitamin levels). Those that have undernutrition have an increased risk of infectious…

Food safety – DIARRHOEAL DISEASE

Every 60 seconds, somewhere in the world, a child dies of diarrhoea. Of the 32 foodborne diseases identified by the WHO, 11 of them were diarrhoeal agents. Thus, diarrhoeal agents are currently the leading global cause of foodborne disease burden. These agents caused 230,000 deaths across the world, with the largest burden in children under…

The world runs on WATER

Water is no doubt the most important substance for life. It also provides the foundation for good public health.

FOOD WASTE AND LOSS

It is estimated that 32% of all food produced throughout the world was lost or wasted in 2009. In other words, almost 1 in 3 food products intended for consumption did not end up being consumed.