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Fact of the week



1 in 3: One in three children under five years old in the developing world are stunted, based on survey data from 2003 to 2009

Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Target: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
Stunting is a widespread problem affecting approximately one third of children in the developing world. Africa and Asia have particularly high rates, of 40 per cent and 35 per cent respectively.
This indicates an urgent need to accelerate integrated programmes addressing nutrition during the mother’s pregnancy and before the child reaches two years of age, the period of children’s most rapid physical and mental growth and development.


Source: UNICEF global databases, from Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and other national surveys, 2003-2009.
Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/undernutrition_status.html



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