LA PAZ – The World Health Organization honored Friday the work done by Bolivia to reduce child malnutrition in a country where the scourge has dropped from 23.2 percent to 12 percent over the past eight years.
In a ceremony at Government Palace in La Paz, the WHO representative in Bolivia, Fernando Leanes, said in the presence of Bolivian President Evo Morales that this achievement is making history in the region, while hailing other local advances like the decline of maternal and newborn mortality.
According to the WHO official, experts who have studied the case of Bolivia believe that by the year 2025 it could reach “zero malnutrition.”
During the ceremony, Morales recalled his humble origins and the lack of food and drinking water so prevalent during his childhood on the Andean Altiplano.
The president reviewed the programs introduced by his government to reduce malnutrition while promoting food security and access to good drinking water, such as in the school breakfasts being offered, the “My Water” program and the country’s two subsidies for expectant mothers.
Besides Bolivia, the WHO has acknowledged similar results obtained in recent years by Brazil, Peru and India in the fight against child malnutrition.