ISSUE BRIEF Preventing Stunting in Niger
Today, Niger has one of the highest rates and numbers of stunted children in the Sahel region.
Chronic malnutrition, or stunting, impairs the growth and development of a child and is a problem of staggering magnitude in Niger. 42% of children are currently stunted, which surpasses critical levels according to global thresholds (WHO, 40%), and represent one of the highest rate of stunting in the world. The trend in stunting and acute malnutrition remains unchanged over the past five years, indicating the continuous challenges faced by the children of Niger in accessing rights to adequate nutrition, health, care and stimulation.