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The level of child stunting in a population – children too short for their age – is a measure of profound physical and cognitive underdevelopment.
Report Calls for Strong Public Action to Fight Child and Maternal Undernutrition
5 August 2014 - A report launched today by the Institute of Development Studies and UNICEF calls for effective public action to tackle childhood stunting. As child undernutrition affects an estimated 165 million children globally and is thought to be the underlying factor behind 45 per cent of all child deaths under five, addressing malnutrition is an urgent issue.
The case of
Stunting Declines: What is Driving Them? Findings of a Multidisciplinary
Analysis' examines the success of the Indian state of
The research followed a multidisciplinary approach to understand the reasons behind the reported decline in stunting from 39% to 24%. The authors reviewed available evidence and undertook statistical analysis of the survey data collated between 2006 and 2012. They combined this with qualitative interviews with a broad range of key stakeholders in the state to try to determine the driving forces behind this decline in undernutrition.
There is a need to address multiple issues to make real progress
The report concludes that the case of
So, as the authors conclude: 'When
leadership in government and civil society join forces within a reasonably
supportive socioeconomic context, as