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close this bookScurvy and its Prevention and Control in Major Emergencies (WHO; 1999; 70 pages)
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentScurvy: definition
open this folder and view contentsIntroduction
open this folder and view contentsScurvy
open this folder and view contentsVitamin C
open this folder and view contentsRecommended Daily Allowance (RDA)
open this folder and view contentsSources of vitamin C
close this folderStrategies to prevent scurvy in large refugee populations
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close this folderDistribution of fresh foods
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View the documentFeasibility
open this folder and view contentsExchange of rations/extra rations
open this folder and view contentsFortification of relief food
View the documentFortification of cereals
View the documentFortification of sugar
open this folder and view contentsFortification of blended cereal-legume foods (blended foods)
open this folder and view contentsSupplementation
open this folder and view contentsPromotion of kitchen gardens
open this folder and view contentsOther options
View the documentCosts
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View the documentAnnex 1
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Feasibility

The limited amounts of citrus fruit, guavas and camel's milk distributed to refugees in Somalia proved to be very difficult logistically and expensive, and this intervention was discontinued (M. Dualeh, UNHCR, personal communication; Desenclos, 1989; WHO, 1989). The feasibility of providing foods such as onions and potatoes has not been sufficiently tested in these settings.

Vegetables are being distributed, e.g. to refugees in Nepal. Procurement of sufficient quantities and related logistics seem to be under control. However, Nepal's refugee population of 85 000 is small compared to the millions in Africa and fresh vegetables are much more readily available in Nepal than in the arid areas of the Horn of Africa.

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