English | Dzongkha Saturday, February 25, 2017

Status of stunting in Bhutan

Stunting is very low height for age. It is a failure to reach one’s genetic potential for height. It is caused by chronic malnutrition.

Stunting is endemic in South Asia, with about 64 million children (under the age of five) affected by stunted growth.

Findings from the 2015 National Nutrition Survey reveal that although 98 percent of households in Bhutan have access to food, 88 percent of
children aged between six and 23 months are not getting the minimum amount of required nutrition.

According to the UNICEF Bhutan Representative, Rudolf Schwenk, despite recent progress in Bhutan, one in every five children still remains stunted.

The South Asian countries have endorsed the global target to reduce the number of stunted children by 2025 by 40 percent.

Status of stunting in Bhutan

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