Global leaders sign comprehensive charter to tackle stunting in children
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
LONDON: The fight against stunting – the world’s most urgent nutritional challenge – got a big boost through a global agreement signed by world leaders in London on Saturday.
The Global Nutrition for Growth Compact signed by countries and global leaders committed to reduce the number of children under five who are stunted by an additional 20 million in developing countries like India by 2020. At present stunting affects 165 million children worldwide.
The World Health Assembly recently agreed a new global target of a 40% reduction in the number of stunted children by 2025. Nearly 50% of children in India are stunted.