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Stagnant Stunting Rate Despite Economic Growth in Papua New Guinea

Xiaojui Hou

No 97508, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Despite rapid economic growth during the past decade, the stunting rate for children under 5, one of the primary indicators for child under-nutrition, is estimated at 46 percent in Papua New Guinea. An analysis shows that family wealth, quality of food and history of malaria incidence are highly correlated with the stunting rate. Three key areas have been identified as critical to alleviating the persistent and detrimental stunting rate in Papua New Guinea: 1). exclusive breastfeeding and complementary food; 2). interventions by health workers; and 3) nutrition education.

Keywords: progress; birth; diet; human capital; food security; economic growth; workers; policies; vitamins; high fertility rate; protein; morbidity; nutrition status; diarrhea; food quality; nutrition outcomes; complementary food; wasting; malnutrition among children; nutrition education; dietetics; health; malnutrition; health workers; nutrition; food; malaria; policy; caloric intake; child malnutrition; child mortality; region; health system; wasted children; weight; adult health; knowledge; development; feeding; nutritional programs; children; health status; regions; education; diseases; undernutrition; population knowledge; stunting; capacity; infants; productivity; population; fertility rate; nutritionists; household income; micronutrients; strategy; fertility; women; nutrition policy; implementation; mortality; blueprint; household heads; weight gain; breastfeeding; access to information; minerals; growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 3 pages
Date: 2015-05
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