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What do toilets have to do with nutrition? More than you might think

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Approximately 160 million children under the age of 5 are stunted. This means they are failing to grow well and lack of height can be a marker of a whole range of developmental setbacks including cognitive impairment. The 2013 Lancet series on maternal and child nutrition confirmed that to reduce stunting we need three things: an enabling environment for political commitment; a scaled-up series of cost-effective nutrition interventions and robust underlying drivers (food security, empowered women and a supportive health environment). What will it take to get the number of stunted children to below the World Health Assembly targets (100 million by 2025), which are likely to be incorporated into the post-2015 sustainable development goals?

Read more in The Guardian Global Development Professionals Network, 24th July 2014

Date: 4 August 2014