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Extreme Poverty, Childhood Stunting Prevents 250M Children From Reaching Full Potential, Lancet Series Shows

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Childhood stunting can cut future earnings by up to a quarter: Lancet
“Some 250 million children worldwide risk not reaching their full potential due to extreme poverty and stunting, cutting their future earnings by up to 26 percent and seriously impacting national growth, scientists said on Tuesday. The failure to invest in early child development is costing some low- and middle-income countries two to three times their current expenditure on health, researchers calculated. … Writing in The Lancet medical journal, the scientists highlight strong evidence linking stunting and extreme poverty to reduced cognitive and educational development, poorer adult health, and lower earnings…” (Batha, 10/4).

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