The field visit allowed the delegation to gain a first-hand understanding of UNICEF work at the country level and to view concrete examples of its cooperation with the host Governments and other partners, including the United Nations country team. Furthermore, the visit provided an opportunity for the members of the delegation to better understand the issues regarding children and women and the challenges they face in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
The Haiti National Nutrition Survey, conducted during June-September 1978, quantified the magnitude and distribution of malnutrition in young children and their mothers. Ofthe 5353preschool children surveyed, 6.0% were severely wasted (less than 80%of the reference median weight-for-height). Stunting (less than 90% of the reference median height-for-age) was most prevalent in the 48-59-month age group. Over 40% of the children in this group were stunted.