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Health Risks From Famine Likely to Persist

In a video interview about the East Africa famine, IRI’s Madeleine Thomson, an expert in climate and public health, says the health consequences of the famine will be felt not only in the short term, but for years and decades to come:
“We know from the 1984 Ethiopia famine that the impacts are intergenerational. They don’t only affect the individuals and the children who are in the region now, but will affect their own children in the future, and therefore long term investments are really needed to help these populations regain any real health status.”

Watch the entire interview below.

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