Childhood stunting: challenges and opportunities report

Report of a colloquium

World Health Organization

Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 26
Publication date: 2014
Languages: English, French, Spanish
WHO reference number: WHO/NMH/NHD/GRS/14.1



The five-hour colloquium was divided into three presentation sessions and a roundtable, each including a Question and Answer segment that allowed interaction between the audience (global and local) and the speakers.

The stage for understanding the challenge of stunting reduction was set by a review of research theory and evidence, and policy making and implementation experience from nutrition programming. Country perspectives and experiences from Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania provided a flavour of the challenges to and opportunities for horizontal collaboration among multiple sectors, and vertical synergy between national and sub-national levels and beyond them to the engagement of communities in stunting reduction. Speakers representing global actors (UN agencies and donors) pointed to various resources and assistance that are available to countries wishing to reduce their burden of childhood stunting.

The roundtable session sought to reflect on how countries could operationalize their commitment to reduce stunting and indeed other forms of child malnutrition. Three “models” originating at national, subnational and grassroots levels, respectively, were considered as entry points for agenda setting in stunting reduction. Far from being mutually exclusive, coherence among the three models is central to the success of stunting reduction efforts.

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