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Former MP Chidgey on fact-finding Malawi trip
2:40pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
FORMER Eastleigh MP Lord Chidgey has returned from a week-long trip to southern Africa.
The Lib Dem spokesman for International Development and Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in Africa, pictured, was on a fact-finding trip to Malawi.
The key purpose of the trip was to see first hand how Malawi is providing health care for its citizens and how the country is making progress in using UK aid.
Lord Chidgey, who lives in Alresford, said: “Despite this success Malawi continues to face real challenges. The country has very few doctors, hospitals and clinics, with one doctor often serving a population of 300,000.”
Due to poverty and rural living, Malawi still has high death rates from preventable diseases like malaria and HIV; and has high rates of severe malnutrition in under-fives.
He said: “One of the most distressing facts is the very high rate of severe malnutrition among the under-fives. Almost half of all toddlers suffer from “stunting”, a restriction in growth and mental development resulting from malnutrition in the first 1,000 days of life.”
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