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MADAGASCAR: Stunted children means stunted lives

Date Published: 
02/23/2012
Summary: 

The result of under-nourished babies is children and adults who never grow to their full potential. (..) The Madagascar Demographic Health Survey 2008-09 found that stunting affects half of all Malagasy children under five, the sixth highest rate of stunting in the world, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Poverty is a major factor, particularly more than two years into a political and economic crisis that began with Andry Rajoelina's ousting of President Marc Ravalomanana in 2009 and the withdrawal of all but emergency donor aid to the country.