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Issue 16 | June 5, 2018

Child Stunting, Hidden Hunger and Human Capital in South Asia

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Dear colleagues,

This issue of UNICEF: Working to Improve Nutrition at Scale brings to you an in-depth report by UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation, Harvard University and Tufts University.
 
The report - Child Stunting, Hidden Hunger and Human Capital in South Asia: Implications for sustainable development post 2015 - reviews the evidence linking child stunting and hidden hunger (vitamin and mineral deficiencies) with child development and economic outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.
 
This is of great concern in South Asia, which carries the highest burden of stunting (59 million children) and hidden hunger of any region in the world. The report examines where to focus policy and programme attention in South Asian countries by exploring trends, inequities and predictors in child stunting and hidden hunger in the region.
 
With mounting evidence on cost-effective interventions to nourish brain development in early life and expand the economic opportunities for children and nations, the report calls for investments to scale-up these interventions in South Asian countries.

Child Stunting, Hidden Hunger and Human Capital in South Asia: Implications for sustainable development post 2015 is launched on the occasion of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Regional Early Child Development (ARNEC) Conference. For more information on the report, please contact Harriet Torlesse (htorlesse@unicef.org), UNICEF Regional Nutrition Advisor in South Asia.
 
Read and share!
 
Víctor M. Aguayo, MPH, PhD
Associate Director, Programme Division
Chief, Nutrition Programme | UNICEF New York
Child Stunting, Hidden Hunger and Human Capital in South Asia

This report by UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation, Harvard University and Tufts University reviews the evidence on the human and economic impacts of stunting and hidden hunger in South Asia.

UNICEF: Working to Improve Nutrition at Scale is a knowledge dissemination tool intended to share UNICEF’s work on Maternal and Child Nutrition with staff and partners around the world. To include UNICEF colleagues in this distribution list please send an email to nutrition@unicef.org.
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