Table of Contents: November 2008

This month's editorial (PLoS Medicine Editors, e235) discusses the role of donor-supported food aid, as shown in this photo, in addressing the global malnutrition crisis. The editorial was stimulated by a recent international meeting in New York City on preventing and treating childhood malnutrition, organized by Columbia University's Institute for Human Nutrition and the humanitarian organization Médecins sans Frontières. The meeting called on the international community to urgently deliver more food aid, of better quality, to prevent and treat malnutrition in the highest-burden areas. The PLoS Medicine editors argue that "such an emergency measure is clearly needed to bring down death rates as quickly as possible-but it is not a sufficient long term approach to the global malnutrition crisis." They also argue that the dialogue on addressing malnutrition must "extend beyond the immediate context of food delivery to the broader sociopolitical sphere."

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