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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MALNUTRITION, IMMUNITY AND MALARIA TRANSMISSION IN CHILDREN

OMOYA F.O

ABSTRACT: Malaria is one of the major causes of sickness and death in sub-Saharan Africa.  It is responsible for 1·5–2·7 million deaths each year in sub-Saharan Africa, of which at least 0·7 million are among children aged under 5 years. Therefore, they continue to pose a serious public health problem throughout the world. Malnutrition is the condition that results from taking an unbalanced diet in which certain nutrients are lacking, in excess (too high an intake), or in the wrong proportions. Malnutrition increases the risk of infection and infectious disease, and moderate malnutrition weakens every part of the immune system subsequently making the body vulnerable to diseases. This paper therefore revealed the effect of malnutrition on malaria transmission in children.

KEYWORDS: Children, malaria, malnutrition, immune system

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