Missing Out (2001)

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Nineteenth programme in the second series of `Life' programmes, focusing on the impact of globalisation on the urban environment. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, and less than a third of the population has access to any health care. Malnutrition remains the main cause of maternal and infant mortality and well over half of all pregnant women suffer from iron deficiency anaemia. Follows two traditional birth attendants as they try to persuade women to take iron folate supplements and visit hospitals. The latter course is often prohibitively expensive. Also visits Tanzania where malaria is blamed for the increase in anaemia which in some areas affects 93 per cent of children under five. Unicef believes the way forward is pills containing iron folate and other vitamins. Questions whether this is a sustainable solution.

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