Feed the Future Webinar - Ecology and Prevention of Linear Growth Faltering in Nepal, September 30, 2020
South Asia is the region with the world’s highest burden of stunting, housing approximately a third of the world’s stunted children. The persistent, high rates of stunting in South Asia suggest a need to go beyond establishing its prevalence and associated factors, to additionally measure growth faltering (i.e., abnormally low linear growth velocity) to detect its extent, timing, severity and associated antecedent risk factors.
In this webinar, speakers will present work of the USAID Innovation Lab for Nutrition on examining trends in stunting in modern Nepal. They will explore and propose evaluating preschool linear growth velocities in a population through the use of a novel, sex-specific, annualized growth reference that can reveal the burden of insufficient growth throughout all preschool years. They propose that this approach may help Nepal and other countries in the region detect and initiate measures to prevent growth faltering, possibly before children become stunted.