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Fiji on the right track

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, October 13, 2012

THE number of underweight children in Fiji is decreasing, ensuring that the country is on track towards achieving one of its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before 2015.

According to the report - 2012 Pacific Regional Tracking MDGs Tracking Report, Fiji has a low prevalence of underweight children and low proportion of the population below the basic food poverty line.

The report was launched in Nadi earlier this week.

The report published by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat stated the authorities were now more concerned about overweight children and malnutrition because of poor diet practices which was linked to Fiji's NCD epidemic.

The report also revealed Fiji has surpassed its national target to reduce child mortality rate by 20 per cent.

The under-5 mortality rate declined to 18 in 2010 while the infant mortality rate fell and remained low at 13 in the same year.