The present day epidemiology of severe protein-energy malnutrition in Nigeria.


Eighty-eight patients with severe protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) admitted into the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, Nigeria over a 9-month period were studied to define the patterns and factors encountered currently in PEM. Severe PEM now occurs predominantly in the 6- to 18-month age group, which is earlier than was reported previously. The majority of the… (More)