World Bank President Pledges To Call Out Nations Not Addressing Childhood Stunting; Peru Reverses Stunting Trend

The Guardian: World Bank to name and shame countries that fail to prevent stunting in children
“The president of the World Bank has warned he will name and shame countries that fail to tackle the malnourishment and poor growth of their children, as part of a mission to rid the world of stunting. Jim Yong Kim, the former physician who heads the bank, told The Guardian he would take to the podium at the World Economic Forum in Davos every year to point the finger at governments who failed to live up to promises to tackle a scourge affecting tens of millions of children…” (Boseley, 9/30).

The Guardian: The country that cracked its stunting crisis
“…In the seven years between 2007 and 2014 stunting among children under five dropped from 29 percent to 14 percent, according to Peru’s National Statistics Institute. It is one of the most successful achievements in reducing child malnourishment in the world. What is remarkable about the achievement was the coordination between government ministries, regional governments, health professionals, and NGOs to focus on specific goals and targeted policy efforts to convert Peru’s impressive economic growth into a reduction in child stunting caused by chronic undernutrition…” (Collyns, 9/30).

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