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Media Advisory 2014/09

IAEA to Host International Symposium on Moderate Malnutrition in Children

22 May 2014 | An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) event next week will focus on moderate malnutrition in children, with the aim of identifying areas in which further research is needed for effective prevention and treatment.

The IAEA International Symposium on Understanding Moderate Malnutrition in Children for Effective Interventions will be held on 26 to 29 May 2014, at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

Malnutrition is one of the most serious health problems facing poor countries, where it is a factor in more than one third of all deaths of children under five years of age.

The IAEA is developing and promoting standardized protocols for assessing body composition using stable isotope techniques, methods that complement other measures used to monitor global efforts in improving infant and child nutrition. The Agency also assists Member States in building the technical capacity to monitor sustainable interventions aimed at managing malnutrition.

More than 470 participants, from more than 68 countries and 22 international organizations, have registered for the Conference.

The following parts of the Conference, held in Boardroom A, 2nd floor of the M-Building at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), are open to journalists:

  • Opening session at 16:00 on Monday, 26 May 2014: IAEA Deputy Director General Daud Mohamad will speak at this session.
  • Session one including panel discussions to be held from 9.00 to 12.00 on Tuesday, 27 May 2014: The first panel focuses on UN Agencies' response to challenges related to the management of moderate malnutrition, while the second will highlight experiences and challenges in countries that manage moderate malnutrition successfully.
  • Closing session: Set to start at 16:00 on Thursday, 29 May.

More information about the Conference, including a daily programme, is available here.

Accreditation

All journalists are requested to inform the IAEA Press Office of their plans to attend. Journalists with permanent credentials to the VIC need no additional credentials. Others should contact Ms. Elizabeth Dobie-Sarsam for accreditation. Please email [email protected] or call [+43-1] 2600-21279 or [+43-1] 2600-21273.