High numbers of stunted and malnourished children in SA - report

Childhood stunting is one of the most significant impediments to human development affecting 159m children around the world. South Africa is no different.

On Wednesday the South African Early Childhood Review for 2017 was released.

It revealed that depending on where in South Africa you live, your child might be receiving disproportionately poor services with lifelong consequences on their health, learning ability and earning potential.

Winnie Sambu, researcher, the Children's Institute, co-author of the Early Childhood Review says, unfortunately, South Africa has some of the highest inequality rates and that comes out when examining the world being of children.

With the South African Early Childhood Review release we have been looking at the welfare of children under the age of six. We also monitor various indicators one of which is stunting, a prominent form of malnutrition.

Winnie Sambu, researcher, the Children's Institute, co-author of the Early Childhood Review

One of the underlying factors that cause stunting is poverty.

Winnie Sambu, researcher, the Children's Institute, co-author of the Early Childhood Review

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