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The pursuit of global health : the relevance of engagement for developed countries

HOWSON, Christopher P
BLOOM, Barry R

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The globalisation of the world economy and the consequent increase in commerce, travel, and communication have brought benefits to virtually every country. But these changes also bring risks that cannot be addressed adequately within traditional national borders. These risks include emerging infectious diseases, resulting in part from increased prevalence of drug-resistant pathogens; exposure to dangerous substances, such as contaminated foodstuffs, and banned and toxic substances; and violence, including chemical and bioterrorist attack. By investing in global health, industrliased countries will not only benefit populations in desperate and immediate need of assistance, but also themselves--through protecting their people, improving their economies, and advancing their international interests. This paper describes the rationale for involvement of industrialised countries in global health, and suggests a means for its coordination.

Complementary feeding of young children in developing countries : a review of current scientific knowledge

BROWN, Kenneth
DEWEY, Kathryn
ALLEN, Lindsay

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This review is intended primarily for health professionals and others concerned with the nutrition, health and well-being of children. The objective is to provide the background information that is necessary for the development of scientifically sound feeding recommendations and appropriate intervention programmes to enhance children's dietary intake and nutritional status. The document discusses the intricate links between maternal nutrition and appropriate breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices