Severe micronutrient deficits in early childhood can cause serious physical and mental growth retardations. If stunting is detected in children, it is possible to draw conclusions about a micronutrient deficiency in a particular region. At the same time, stunting and micronutrient deficits indicate inequalities between and within social classes. Main indicators are household income, place of residence, ethnicity and gender.
The graphic on inequalities associated with growth retardations in East African countries from the World Hunger Index 2017 illustrates this connection and offers starting points for assistance at the same time in order to specifically alleviate micronutrient deficiencies (1).
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(1) Welthungerhilfe, IFPRI und Concern Worldwide. 2017. Global Hunger Index. The Inequalities of Hunger. Washington, DC/Bonn/Dublin October 2017. Page 27. Available via http://www.globalhungerindex.org/pdf/en/2017.pdf