Washington: Nine countries have pledged to make a range of major investments designed to dramatically reduce childhood stunting and equip tens of millions of young children with the abilities they need to succeed in a fast changing world.
They took this decision at a groundbreaking summit at the World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings held on Friday.
Today’s commitments are expected to help create future economic growth by preparing people – in the early years — for the jobs of the future.
“Poor nutrition, few opportunities for early learning and stimulation, and toxic environments literally hardwire young children to miss out on opportunities to learn and later to earn good wages,” said Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group.
“But when Heads of Government and Ministers of Finance commit to fight stunted development and nurture the power of children’s brains, we can avert future crises where people and economies will not reach their full potential,” he added.
President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales said, “If our children are not healthy and well nourished, they will not be able to go to school and they will not be able to learn well”.
“Also as adults, they will not be able to find good jobs with good earnings so we will not have a productive, safe and secure society. This is why for me, for my government and for my country, the reduction of stunting by 10 percent during my period is the most important priority.”
As per reports, 156 million children under age five suffer from chronic malnutrition.
Image Courtesy: WHO/D. Rodriguez
– India Blooms News Service