$10-million for child porridge club

Back in the 1970s, researchers ran a trial that gave hundreds of children in Guatemala a porridge like drink called atole. Unfortunately results only proved that their was only a modest impact.

However 25 years later it is a very different story as a new team of researches returned to find that that it had made ‘dramatic difference’ to those volunteers who had been very young (babies or toddlers) when they started drinking the porridge based drink.

SO the Canadian Government is now funding a new $10-million program called Saving Brains that will allow researches to asses the long term impact of porridge given to children at a very early age.

”More than 200 million children in developing countries have their cognitive development limited by disease, malnutrition, birth complications and a lack of nurturing and stimulation, says Karlee Silver, who leads Grand Challenges Canada’s Saving Brains initiative.”

Read the full article at: www.theglobeandmail.com

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