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Type Book
Title Malnutrition in Afghanistan: scale, scope, causes, and potential response
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
Publisher World Bank Publications
URL http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2010/11/15/000356161_20101115​233235/Rendered/PDF/578720PUB0Maln11public10BOX353782B0.pdf
South Asia has the highest rates of malnutrition and the largest number of malnourished women and children in the world. Childhood malnutrition is the main cause of child mortality—one-third of all child deaths are due to the underlying cause of malnutrition. For the children who survive, malnutrition results in lifelong problems by severely reducing a child’s ability to learn and to grow to his or her full potential. Malnutrition directly leads to less productive adults and thus to weaker national economic performance. The negative impact of malnutrition on a society’s productivity and a nation’s long-term development is difficult to underestimate.

Malnutrition in Afghanistan provides the background analysis for the development of a comprehensive nutrition action plan. The timing of this report is propitious. The international communities’ interest in the developmental benefits of nutrition programming is high. This analytical report is part of a broader effort by the World Bank South Asia region to increase investments in nutrition, recognizing that good nutrition is important to economic growth and development, and because investing in well-proven nutrition interventions pays high dividends in poverty reduction and national economic development.

Related studies

Levitt, Emily, Kees Kostermans, Luc Laviolette, and Nkosinathi Mbuya. Malnutrition in Afghanistan: scale, scope, causes, and potential response. : World Bank Publications, 2010.
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