Child undernutrition, tropical enteropathy, toilets, and handwashing

JH, Humphrey
Of the 555 million preschool children in developing countries, 32% are stunted and 20% are underweight.1 Child underweight or stunting causes about 20% of all mortality of children younger than 5 years of age and leads to long-term cognitive deficits, poorer performance in school and fewer years of completed schooling, and lower adult economic productivity.2 Child underweight state or stunting mainly develops during the first 2 years of life, when mean weight-for-age and length-for-age Z scores of children in Africa and Asia drop to about −2·0, with little or no recovery thereafter.
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Year:
1999
Type of Publication:
Article
Journal:
Lancet
Volume:
374
Number:
9694
Pages:
1032–1035
Month:
September
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