Starved for Attention: The Neglected Crisis of Childhood Malnutrition
Doctors without Borders Lecture
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
UCLA Center for Health Sciences
Please join us for a special lecture by Dr. Buddhima Lokuge of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), who will speak about MSF's work in areas devastated by malnutrition. This ongoing crisis contributes to 3.5 to 5 million deaths in children under five each year, and leads to long term disability, and results in poor health and educational outcomes for many more. Dr. Lokuge will speak about malnutrition's impact on children, their families and communities; of the neglect of the problem at the national and international level; and of practical strategies to reverse the crisis in the worst affected areas. At a time of increasing food prices and food insecurity, Dr. Lokuge will speak of the urgent need for international action.
Buddhima Lokuge is a medical practitioner with MSF in New York. As US manager of the organization's Access to Essential Medicines Campaign, he coordinates nutrition related policy and advocacy for MSF in the US. Dr.Lokuge has field experience with MSF in India and in Afghanistan, where he ran MSF's malnutrition programs in the district of Ghazni. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization that has responded to nutritional crises since the 1970s and works to address malnutrition in more than 22 high burden countries around the world.This event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public. For more information please visit doctorswithoutborders.org.