One-third children under five suffering from stunting: Study

Staff Correspondent

1 August, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Country’s one-third children under five is suffering from stunted growth due to recurrent infections, which is hampering development of their physical and mental growth, said a recent study.

The main causes of stunting are inadequate nutrition and repeated bouts of infection within the first 1000 days of a child’s life, said the study of development organization Max Foundation on Tuesday.

Lack of safe water, sanitation, hygiene, and poor living conditions are also responsible behind the disease of stunting.

According to Max Foundation, some half of the young children in the areas like Chhatak, Sylhet is facing prevalence of stunting.

The physicians underscored the need for tackling the stunting problem of children immediately for a healthy future generation.

Already, the government has undertaken a good number of initiatives to address the problems through developing community healthcare service. The NGOs are also working on this issue.

Max Foundation has already started a project titled ‘Growing Up Up Up Project’ at Chhatak upazila under Sunamganj district where half the children under five is stunted.

The objective of the project is to improve child nutritional status through integrated approach of improving three core components: WASH, Nutrition and Care (SRHR and Safe Motherhood) in the project area, reaching out to 5,500 children and providing nearly 58,000 people with access to clean drinking water, clean toilets and information on hygiene and nutrition.

The ‘Growing UpUpUp Project’, is funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery, and being implemented by Village Education Resource Center (VERC), which is working on resource mobilisation, communal development and advocacy of the project.