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One-third children under age of five suffering from stunted growth

  • Published at 02:40 am August 1st, 2018
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The government has already undertaken a good number of initiatives to tackle the stunting crisis through developing community healthcare services

One-third of the children under the age of five in Bangladesh are suffering from stunted growth due to recurrent infections which hampers physical and mental growth development, found the NGO Max Foundation.

The main causes are inadequate nutrition and repeated bouts of infection within the first 1,000 days of a child’s life as lack of safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, and poor living conditionscontribute towards stunted growth.

Children from the Chhatak upazila in Sylhet are facing the prevalence of stunting.

Child Health Specialist Dr Selina Hossain said: “We need to tackle the stunting problem of children promptly to secure a healthy future generation for the country, and ensure healthy food, safe drinking water, especially for children under fiveyears of age.”

The government has already undertaken a good number of initiatives to tackle the stunting crisis by developing community healthcare services, with the development partners and NGOs working simultaneously on the issue.

Max Foundation has already has started a project titled “Growing Up Project” in the Chhatak upazila of Sylhet, where half the children under the age of fiveare stunted.

The overall objective of the project is to improve child nutritional status through the integrated approach of improving three core components: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Nutrition and Care (Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights - 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;proper sanitation and information on hygiene and nutrition.

Beneficiaries from this project are mostly pregnant and adolescentwomen, mothers, children and primary and secondary school children from ethnic minorities in poor rural villages.

Max Foundation will launch a dedicated website where anyone can track the progress of children through the project. The website will be announced as operational at the Nutrition Fair 2018 on August 1, the start of the World Breastfeeding Week, observed by Bangladesh every year.