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  • Rosling began his wide-ranging career as a physician, spending many years in rural Africa tracking a rare paralytic disease (which he named konzo) and discovering its cause: hunger and badly processed cassava.

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  • He named the disease "konzo" and for the last 20 years Rosling, now an acclaimed professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, a global health advocate and a TED Talk luminary, has researched it across remote rural areas in five African countries, while advocating its eradication.

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  • More than one quarter of the konzo cases we diagnosed in children under 18 years of age were also suffering from acute malnutrition.

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  • In November 2009, Action Against Hunger launched a 22-month intervention in a region of the Democratic Republic of Congo to address the factors underlying a konzo epidemic.

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  • We worked with community groups and leaders to raise awareness on the causes of konzo and conducted nutritional trainings on the proper retting methods i.e., soaking for preparing konzo-causing varieties of cassava.

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  • Our teams discovered that 56 percent of adults diagnosed with konzo were also severely malnourished.

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  • There is no better way to illustrate the importance of the life- and livelihood-saving work our organization carries out than to tell the story of konzo, a debilitating condition found in the developing world that can arise during food crises.

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  • The changes we've made with the community is reducing the rates of konzo -- from the hundreds per month to dozens.

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  • Those who suffer from konzo are often subsisting on little other than cassava and may also not be processing the root properly, since detoxification requires an abundant water supply. - latest science and technology news stories

  • Global Food Crisis: Prices Move Toward Historical 'Tipping Point' Of Unrest High prevalence of konzo associated with a food shortage crisis in ...

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