Mapping child growth failure in Africa between 2000 and 2015

by Aaron Osgood-Zimmerman, Anoushka I. Millear, Rebecca W. Stubbs et al.
Nature Vol. 555, pp. 41–47 (01 March 2018)

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Between 2000 and 2015, nearly all African countries demonstrated improvements for children under 5 years old for stunting, wasting, and underweight, the core components of child growth failure. Here the authors show that striking subnational heterogeneity in levels and trends of child growth remains. If current rates of progress are sustained, many areas of Africa will meet the World Health Organization Global Targets 2025 to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition, but high levels of growth failure will persist across the Sahel. At these rates, much, if not all of the continent will fail to meet the Sustainable Development Goal target – to end malnutrition by 2030.

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