Children in Tarrafal

Children in Tarrafal
1993. Tarrafal (Cabo-Verde). Photography: Inês Varela-Silva © Inês Varela-Silva

Children in Tarrafal

Childhood undernutrition, in all its forms, was ubiquitous during the colonial period, under the Portuguese dominance. Marked improvements in many sectors, including maternal and child health, were recorded after the independence in 1975. However, as reported in the 2018 Nutrition Report, «Cape Verde is off-course to meet the global targets for anaemia in women of reproductive age, male diabetes, female diabetes, male obesity, and female obesity. There is insufficient target data to assess Cape Verde’s progress for under-five overweight, under-five stunting, under-five wasting, infant exclusive breastfeeding, and low birth weight». This highlights the need for further research, preferably using a participatory-action approach in which the families are included as contributors, in all stages of the research. [Inês Varela-Silva]