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Tackling the rise of child stunting in Africa

July 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


There are over 150 million stunted children worldwide. For affected children however, stunting is not simply an issue of linear growth: stunted children suffer significant cognitive effects with lifelong impacts on wellbeing. In 2012, the World Health Assembly recognised that child stunting was ‘one of the most significant impediments to human development’. SDG 2.2 resolves to reduce the number of stunted children under 5 by 40% by 2025. It is widely recognised that the goal is unachievable, largely due to the increase in child stunting across Africa.

Hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Africa and LIDC, this meeting brought together parliamentarians, leading researchers in the field, policy makers and stakeholders in the ‘solutions space’ for child under-nutrition to examine policy and regulation solutions to stem the rise in childhood stunting. The event also gave an overview of the UKRI GCRF Action against Stunting Hub, a £19.76 million investment by the UK government to alleviate child stunting, globally.

Speakers included:
Prof Claire Heffernan, Director of London International Development Centre

Prof Paul Haggarty, Deputy Director of Research, The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen

Rose Ndulu Ndolo, Senior Nutrition Programme Adviser, World Vision


High level parliamentary roundtable discussion - rise of childhood stunting, Africa

IPU Room
Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament

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