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‘Keep kids in hospital longer to halt heavy toll of malnutrition, HIV’

Researchers find that many are still severely malnourished at discharge, which is associated with poorer outcomes

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Healthcare workers who manage severely malnourished children in hospital can minimise relapse and death by keeping them in hospital for longer, a new SA study suggests.

Despite SA’s status as a middle-income country, severe acute malnutrition remains a reality and causes at least a third of deaths in children under five, according to Wits University research in the journal PLOS One (https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0262700).

Between January 2019 and 2020, paediatricians studied malnourished children aged between three months and five years discharged from two Tshwane hospitals and given nutritional supplements...

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