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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
View the documentBackground
close this folderMain approaches
open this folder and view contentsDistribution of fresh foods
close this folderExchange of rations/extra rations
View the documentAdvantages
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View the documentFeasibility
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 documentReferences
View the documentAnnex 1
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View the documentAnnex 3
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Disadvantages

• There is likely to be no time or immediate food surplus for distribution in the case of a large and rapid influx of refugees. Frequently, the food distributed is even less than the normal general ration agreed by the agencies.

• Markets would have to be accessible to refugee populations, which is often not the case in remote areas or during the early stages of an emergency. Local supplies of relevant foods would have to suffice.

• Increased local trading may disrupt food prices to the detriment of local producers.

• Nutrition education would be necessary to encourage refugees to trade for vitamin C rich foods.

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