'We should be embarrassed that 1 in 4 children are stunted' - Dr Kopano Mabaso

The DG Murray Trust recently launched it's Zero-Stunting Initiative to halve stunting in the next decade.

The condition where children do not reach their growth potential due to chronic malnutrition, is said to be pervasively high in South Africa.

READ: High numbers of stunted and malnourished children in SA - report

The latest national Demographic and Health Survey estimates the national prevalence of stunting for children under two being 31%.

Executive Director- Zero-Stunting Initiative, Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso spoke to Azania Mosaka about the initiative.

I think we have been so focused on children surviving that we haven't really paid enough attention to make sure that they do more than just survive but thrive.

Kopani Matlwa Mabaso, Executive Director- Zero-Stunting Initiative

Their potential that could have been achieved is a missed opportunity for us if we are not also focusing in addition to pregnancy, making sure that our moms are supported at this critical time in their lives and that young children are receiving the right nutritious food and enjoy a wide variety of food.

Kopani Matlwa Mabaso, Executive Director- Zero-Stunting Initiative

If you consider that we are an upper middle income country, we should be embarrassed that one in four children are stunted and even before they have started their lives they are already off to a bad start.

Kopani Matlwa Mabaso, Executive Director- Zero-Stunting Initiative

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