oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Nutritional status of 1-3-year-old children and maternal care behaviours in the Orang Asli of Malaysia
It is estimated that worldwide there are at least 300 million indigenous people living in more than 70 countries on 5 continents. In Peninsular Malaysia, the indigenous people, known as Orang Asli (OA) in the Malay language or 'original people', form the minority constituting less than 1% of the total population of the country. Despite continuous efforts by the government to integrate them into the mainstream economy, the OA still live on the fringes of Malaysian society, cut off from most social services; they are poorly educated, and earn a meagre living. Described as the 'poorest of the poor', the OA continue to have poor nutritional and health status (particularly the children) compared with other ethnic groups in Malaysia
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