A life free from hunger: tackling child malnutrition
This report by Save the Children analyses the causes of malnutrition, focusing on chronic malnutrition and stunting in children. It warns that 300 children are dying of malnutrition each hour, totaling 2.6 million every year.
The world has enough food for everyone, but millions of children face a life sentence of hunger and malnutrition – the hidden reason so many die. Malnutrition is the underlying cause of 2.6 million children’s deaths a year. And for millions more children, a lack of nutritious food stymies their physical and cognitive development. One child in three in developing countries is growing up stunted as a result of malnutrition. This report analyses the causes of malnutrition, focusing on chronic malnutrition and stunting in children. It identifies solutions that are proven to be effective: Direct interventions, such as exclusive breastfeeding, micronutrient supplementation and fortification; Indirect interventions, such as introducing social protection programmes, and adapting agricultural production to meet the nutritional needs of children. Crucially, this report then examines the political factors that contribute to the global burden of hunger and malnutrition.
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Feature: Hidden hunger?