The Cost of Hunger in Africa: Egypt
Implications of Child Undernutrition on the Social and Economic Development of Egypt, June 2013
Quick Facts on Egypt Study
- Today, more stunted children in Egypt than 10 years ago
- As many as 81% of all cases of child undernutrition and its related pathologies go untreated.
- 51% of the health costs associated with undernutrition occur before the child turns 1 year-old.
- 11% of all child mortality cases in Egypt are associated with undernutrition.
- Child mortality associated with undernutrition has reduced Egypt’s workforce by 1%
- The annual costs associated with child undernutrition are estimated at 20.3 billion Egyptian pounds (US$3.7 billion), which is equivalent to 1.9% of GDP.
- Eliminating stunting in Egypt is a necessary step for development in the country.