10-12 November 2014, New Delhi

Stop Stunting Regional Conference


Recent global data indicate that 26% of children under five years of age (i.e. 165 million) have stunted growth.
The same sources show that stunting is the cause of an estimated one million child deaths annually.
For survivors, the short- and long-term consequences of stunting include: impaired health, growth, cognitive development, school readiness and learning in children; increased risk of obstetric complications and mortality in women; and reduced height, productivity and earnings in adults.

In South Asia , the prevalence of stunting in underfives has declined from an estimated 61% in 1990 to an estimated 38% in 2012. However, levels of child stunting in South Asia are comparable to those in sub-Saharan Africa (38%) and over three times higher than those in East Asia and the Pacific (12%) or Latin America (11%). The high prevalence of stunting combined with the region’s large population explain that South Asia bears about 40% of the global burden of child stunting. Therefore, accelerating the reduction of stunting in South Asia is central to the achievement of the World Health Assembly’s global goal of reducing the number of stunted underfives by 40% between 2010 and 2025.

The Regional Conference will provide a knowledge-for-action platform where state-of-the-art evidence, better practices and innovations will be shared to accelerate sectoral and cross-sectoral policies, programmes and research in Nutrition and Sanitation to reduce the prevalence of child stunting in South Asia.

Press Release

New evidence discussed today at the Stop Stunting Conference in New Delhi says that if South Asia is to make significant strides in reducing child stunting, greater investments will be needed to improve results in three key areas: child feeding, women’s nutrition and household sanitation.

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Stunting can reflect chronic nutritional deficiencies. Stunting is responsible for the death of one million children every year. For those who survive, stunting is associated with impaired brain development, poor cognition, decreased learning in childhood, lower productivity and reduced earnings in adulthood.

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