In Senegal, a New Approach to Nutrition Drops Childhood Stunting

Ndeye Ngom is a first-time mother in Senegal’s Fatick region, 150 kilometers southeast of scale-1000x1000Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. And like any parent, upon hearing the news that her daughter, 9-month-old Khady Faye, was underweight, Ndeye grew immediately worried. “I panicked when they told me the baby is malnourished,” Ndeye remembers. “This is not a disease we know.”

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In Senegal, a New Approach to Nutrition Drops Childhood Stunting

Ndeye Ngom is a first-time mother in Senegal’s Fatick region, 150 kilometers southeast of Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. And like any parent, upon hearing the news that her daughter, 9-month-old Khady Faye, was underweight, Ndeye grew immediately worried. “I panicked when they told me the baby is malnourished,” Ndeye remembers. “This is not a disease we know.”

Ndeye’s concern for her daughter was not unfounded. Childhood stunting, an overarching measure of long-term malnutrition, has life-long consequences: It can reduce cognitive abilities, limit school attainment, decrease adult wages, and make children less likely to escape poverty as adults.

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Well-Designed Early Childhood Development Programs Can Pay Big Dividends

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  • 250 million children under the age of five suffer from stunting and extreme poverty.
  • The rate of return on investing in a package of nutrition interventions at scale is estimated at 17 percent.
  • Well-designed early childhood development programs include a focus on quality, complementarities between interventions, and behavioral change.

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Tackling Childhood Nutrition with the Help of Social Enterprises

World Bank Posted: February 4, 2016

Children are served hot food at the local Angawadi center. RMF works to ensure mothers are aware their children can access government services like these centers.

When Deepali Sharma arrived at Jivendra Mavde’s village in Madhya Pradesh, India two DSC00085_sized.jpgyears ago, Jivendra was severely malnourished. At just over a year-old, his body was nothing more than skin and bones: his skin hung from his arms and legs as if it were baggy clothing. His inviting eyes were the only part of his body that showed energy, movement, and life.

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