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1.5: In developing countries, rural children are 1.5 times more likely to be stunted than urban children

Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Target: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger 

Stunting, an indicator of chronic undernutrition, remains a problem of larger magnitude than underweight. In the developing world, children living in rural areas are almost 1.5 times as likely to be stunted as those in urban areas. Children in the poorest 20 per cent of households are twice as likely to be stunted as children in the richest 20 per cent of households.  

Children under 2 years old are most vulnerable to stunting, the effects of which are then largely irreversible. This is the period of life when suboptimal breastfeeding and inappropriate complementary feeding practices put children at high risk of undernutrition and its associated outcomes.  

In order to address the high burden of stunting, particularly in Africa and Asia, it is therefore vital to focus on effective interventions for infants and young children, especially those living in rural areas.

Source: UNICEF global databases, 2010. 

Reference: http://www.devinfo.info/pfc/mdg_1/mdg_1_stunting.html



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