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Report of a workshop on interactions of nutrition and parasitic diseases
Report of a workshop on nutrition and the development of the child
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Report of a workshop on interactions of nutrition and parasitic diseases

This international symposium, held at the Rockefeller Foundation Conference and Study Center, Bellagio, Italy in 1980, which the United Nations University helped to sponsor, was published in Reviews of Infectious Diseases, Vol. 4, No. 4 (July-August) 1982. This issue considers the general concepts of interactions of malnutrition and parasitic diseases, the nutritional problems posed by schistosomiasis, malaria, ascariasis, amoebiasis, hookworm, and giardiasis. It also draws conclusions from these studies regarding socio-cultural factors, biological implications, policy implications, human nutritional requirements, and approaches to treatment and control.

Copies of this issue are available from the Cambridge Programme Office of the United Nations University Address requests to the Editor, Food and Nutrition Bulletin, MIT, 20-A201, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA.


Report of a workshop on nutrition and the development of the child

An international workshop on "Nutrition and the Development of the Child," sponsored by COSTED,* UNICEF, UNESCO/IBRO,** the Indian Medical Research Society, and UGC,*** was held January 8 to 15, 1982, at Baroda University, Baroda, India. The objectives of the workshop were: (i) identification of factors that act as constraints or stimulants for the development of the child, their prevalence and impact; (ii) stimulation of further research and social action, designed to eradicate the former and explore the latter, and (iii) creation of an awareness of these factors among people in different walks of life concerned with child development.

Fifteen formal sessions concerned with different facets of child development were conducted. Topics included:

• Pregnancy and foetal development
• Post-natal care and development, including pre-term infants
• Lactation and milk composition
• Breast-feeding, bottle-feeding, and weaning practices
• Influence of environmental, hormonal, and emotional factors in early development
• Nutrition and immunology
• Ecological, physiological, psychological, and biochemical correlates of severe malnutrition in children
• Surveillance of growth and development during childhood
• Impact of malnutrition on the central nervous system in animals and man
• Animal models of behaviour and impact of malnutrition on social behaviour
• Changes in behavioural development in relation to nutritional and non-nutritional factors
• Prevention and reversal of developmental retardation
• Nutrition intervention measures, stressing nutritionally adequate foods for vulnerable groups using locally available foods

Formal and informal sessions were followed by a lecture series on theoretical and methodological problems by key participants, and the workshop concluded with a valedictory session that described the unabated persistence of malnutrition in poor areas in spite of the availability of the know-how for its alleviation and prevention, and emphasised the imperative need for political and economic steps.

The Proceedings are being printed in the form of a special issue of the Baroda Journal of Nutrition and will cost $25.00.

Copies will be available from:
Professor C. V. Ramakrishnan Biochemistry Department M. S. University of Baroda Baroda-2, India


New journal

The Journal of Diarrhoeal Diseases Research will be published by the International Diarrhoeal Disease Information Service and Documentation Centre (DISC) of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). One annual volume will comprise four quarterly issues (March, June, September, December, beginning in March 1983), with an annual index. The Journal will publish original research articles, short communications, and letters dealing with all as" pects of diarrhoeal diseases, emphasizing the Asian region. Each issue will include an annotated bibliography of current Asian literature on diarrhoeal diseases. Papers written in English will be considered for publication and should be submitted to: Editorin-Chief, Journal of

Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, ICDDR,B-DISC, G.P.O. Box 128, Dacca 2, Bangladesh.

Manuscripts should be typed on white bond paper with margins of at least one inch, on one side only, doublespaced throughout. Two sets of illustrations, of which one must be original, should accompany article. For further information concerning manuscript format, contact the Editorin-Chief.

Subscriptions for developed country institutions will be US$35 per year, for developing country institutions, US$25 per year, plus postage. For personal sub" criptions, the charge is US$25 per year for developed countries, US$15 for developing countries, plus postage.



Food and Nutrition Bulletin, vol. 5, no. 1 (February 1983), pp. 4546

In the article "Studies on the use of Soybean Food in Infant Feeding in China," figures 1 and 2 were accidentally transposed. The growth curves shown on page 45 are actually those for 39 girls and those on p. 46 are for 41 boys, es indicated by the labels on the figures themselves-not vice versa as stated in the captions.

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