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Four areas in nutrition need priority policy, program and budgetary attention if South Asia is to meet the global target of reducing the number of stunted under-fives by 40 percent between 2010 and 2025:
• Improving the quality of food and feeding practices – including breastfeeding – for children in the first two years of life.
• Addressing the causes of prenatal stunting by improving women’s nutrition and education, and eliminating adolescent pregnancy.
• Eliminating open defecation (see chapter on open defecation) and promoting hand-washing after defecation and before feeding children.
• Prioritizing the most vulnerable children and women – the youngest, the poorest, and the socially excluded – in policy-making, resource allocation, program design, and in advocacy and research.