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Magnitude of Stunting

Malnutrition is an underlying cause of more than 2.6 million child deaths every year, a third of the total of child deaths. Every hour of every day, 300 children die because of malnutrition but it’s not recorded on death certificates and, as a result, it’s not effectively addressed. Worldwide, an estimated 171 million children are stunted because of poor nutrition in the earliest months of life. More than a third of children in Asia are stunted, which accounts for almost 100 million of the global total. In Africa, almost two in five children are stunted that is a total of 60 million children. Stunting is defined by a Height-for-Age (HAZ) Z-score below two SDs of the median WHO standards. The first 1,000 days of life beginning with conception, through a mother’s pregnancy and up until the age of two is the most critical period in a child’s development

 
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