Economic growth doesn’t help child malnutrition

Economic growth doesn’t play a significant role in combatting child malnutrition, new research suggests.

The study found economic growth in 36 developing countries was associated with little or no declines in stunting, underweight and wasting in children.

Researchers analysed data from children under three years of age, in health and demographic surveys conducted in low and middle-income countries between 1990 and 2011.

Lead researcher Sebastian Vollmer said while economic growth is important generally, the findings suggest policymakers should not rely on it’s “trickle-down effects” to improve children’s health.

Read more at Harvard School of Public Health

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