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Global Community Must Tackle Stunting

Stunting, caused by chronic undernutrition in children, is “one of the least reported, least recognized, least understood issues facing humanity, yet tackling it should be seen as an opportunity both for personal health and national development,” Werner Schultink, associate director for nutrition at UNICEF, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” He continues, “Despite the challenges, we can and must win the battle against stunting and other forms of undernutrition — and investing in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life shapes the future of nations.” He highlights the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and other partnerships, such as the Child Survival Call to Action. “We cannot stand by and allow a child to be condemned to a life of deprivation — especially when we know how to prevent it,” Schultink concludes (6/10).