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Author Russell, Sharman Apt, author.

Title Within our grasp : childhood malnutrition worldwide and the revolution taking place to end it / Sharman Apt Russell.

Publication Info. New York : Pantheon Books, [2021]


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    362.1963 RUS    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description viii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Summary "A healthy Earth requires healthy children. Yet nearly one fourth of the world's children--one in four--are stunted physically and mentally due to a lack of food or nutrients. These children do not die but endure a lifetime of diminished potential. In the past thirty years, writes Sharman Russell in Within Our Grasp, we have seen a revolution in how we treat these sick children, and how, with a new understanding of the human body and approach to nutrition, along with new ways to reach out to hungry mothers and babies, we have gone from unwittingly killing the severely malnourished child to bringing him/her back to health through a "miracle" ready-to-eat therapeutic food. Intertwined with stories of scientists and nutrition experts on the front lines of finding a means of putting an end to malnutrition for good, Russell writes of her travels to Malawi, one of the poorest and least-developed countries in the world (80% of Malawians are farmers subsisting on less than an acre, coping with erratic weather patterns due to global warming, with 50% living below the poverty line and 42% of children being affected by lack of food or nutrients), the site of pathbreaking, cutting-edge research into childhood malnutrition. As she writes of her personal exploration of new friendships and insights in a country known as "the warm heart of Africa," Russell describes the programs that are working best to reduce childhood stunting and explores how feeding and malnutrition of our children are connected to climate change; how vitamins and minerals are preventing these harmful effects; why the empowerment of women is the most effective single factor in eliminating childhood malnutrition; and what the costs are of ending childhood malnutrition"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-307) and index.
Contents Prologue: This blue marble spinning in darkness -- Humans have been hungry for a long time -- A few a capella angels -- Do no harm -- Our beautiful nutritional revolution -- A modest little factory -- People are ready for a reformed capitalism -- We stare into the periodic table -- A holistic approach -- Tikondane -- The struggle of this existence -- We now define a third of us as malnourished -- Vitamin A helps them see better -- Point, counterpoint -- She has a life all her own -- Chiponde is for the child -- The next-generation RUTF -- Let's keep talking money -- Elephants -- Success stories -- A time in which men, spirits, and animals lived in harmony -- Who we are.
Subject Malnutrition in children.
Malnutrition in children -- Prevention.
Malnutrition in children -- Malawi.
Malnutrition in children -- Malawi -- Prevention.
Food relief -- Malawi.
ISBN 9781524747244 (hardcover)
1524747246 (hardcover)

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