10 Things Everyone Should Know About Child Nutrition In Malawi

Malawi has made remarkable progress in improving child health outcomes as evidenced by the reduction in infant and under-five mortality. However, there has been slow progress in reducing malnutrition. Currently, the country has high levels of stunting among under- five children, which is an indication that chronic food and nutrition insecurity are still prevalent. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing them on Twitter.

1) The total annual costs associated with child undernutrition are estimated at MWK 147 billion (US$ 597 million), equivalent to 10.3 percent of GDP.

2) Today, 1.4 million or almost half of the children in Malawi are stunted.

3) Only one out of every three children with undernutrition is estimated to be receiving proper health attention.

4) Underweight children have a 30 percent increased risk of suffering from anemia.

5) Twenty-three percent of all child mortality cases in Malawi are associated with undernutrition.

6) Child mortality associated with undernutrition has reduced Malawi's workforce by 10.7 percent.

7) Stunted children are more likely to drop out of school, achieving 1.5 years less in education.

8) Of all school year repetitions, 18 percent are associated with stunting.

9) Sixty-six percent of the adult population engaged in manual activities were stunted as children, representing an annual loss of MWK 16.5 billion (US$ 67 million) alone.

10) Eliminating stunting in Malawi is a necessary step for inclusive and sustained development in the country.

Learn more about hunger and malnutrition from WFP's comprehensive list of Facts About Hunger and Malnutrition.