Despite the rapid and significant progress we have made across Africa in recent decades, significant challenges of diet-related premature death, poor development and disease remain. The risk that inadequate diets pose to mortality and morbidity worldwide is now greater than the combined risks of unsafe sex, alcohol, drug and tobacco use. In Mozambique, 43 percent of children under five are stunted due to chronic illness and poor diets. Only one out of every 10 children under two receive the sufficient nutrients they need to be able to grow and develop to their full potential. In neighbouring South Africa, as with many other countries around the world, rates of obesity and diet-related chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure are on the rise. While some countries such as Mozambique currently have relatively low levels of overweight and obesity, there is a growing threat in the future of a malnutrition ‘triple burden’, where undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies co-exist with obesity and the associated diet-related non- communicable diseases.
The Elders Dar es Salaam. Two members of ; a group of independent former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, are expected to visit Tanzania next week to campaign for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
A statement availed on Wednesday to The Citizen shows those expected in the country are the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Education Minister of Mozambique and global advocate for health and women’s rights, Graça Machel.