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Local initiatives on stunting need government support

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Boston, United States   /   Thu, September 19, 2019   /  11:35 am
Local initiatives on stunting need government support Growing up: A 1000 Hari volunteer explains the features of a height chart a mother in Rinca, on the fringes of Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara. The province has a high stunting prevelance of 43 percent. (Gumilang Aryo Sahadewo/-)

Yuli took her son Atu to the local health center in Pejeruk, Mataram, in West Nusa Tenggara, to measure his height against the colorful chart mounted on the wall. But she blinked when Atu leaned back and his head touched the line that indicated the average height for a 9-month-old boy. “How old is Atu?” the field officer asked, glancing back and forth from the crumpled measurements of the World Health Organization in her hand to the wall chart. “Nineteen months old,” said Yuli. Atu was three standard deviations below the median height for his age. According to the WHO Child Growth Standards, he was 7 centimeters shorter than his peers. The WHO standards are used universally for evaluating child growth. The WHO refers to this growth curve as a reference for how children “should grow” in all countries, as it views that unconstrained growth of...

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