THE GLOBAL BURDEN OF STUNTING
Stunting is a global problem. Although important progress has been made to reduce child stunting, with a 9 percent fall in the number of children affected by stunting since in 2012, levels still remain unacceptably high.
In September 2018, UN agencies reported that nearly 151 million children under five – over 22 percent of all children in the age range – were affected by the condition in 2017, depriving many them of the opportunity to achieve their full potential before they even reach school age.
In 2017, Africa and Asia accounted for more than nine out of ten of all children affected by stunting globally, representing 39 percent and 55 percent respectively.