Serious hidden Hunger manifests itself in stunting also in Zambia.Scientists (still) discuss about which vitamins and mineral elements are particularly suitable in order to avoid stunting. A study carried out in South-African medical research centres have particularly determined deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D as growth inhibitors. A Swiss/South African team of researchers is currently looking for specific causes for growth retardation due to iodium deficiency and publishes its study protocol in the British Medical Journal.
Two examples demonstrate how the intention of the Students4Kids initiative complements international medical research.
M.E. van Stuijvenberg et al. Low intake of calcium and vitamin D, but not zinc, iron or vitamin A, is associated with stunting in 2- to 5-year-old children. Nutrition. 2015 Jun; 31(6):841-6. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2014.12.011. Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25933491
J. Farebrother. Systematic review of the effects of iodised salt and iodine supplements on prenatal and postnatal growth: study protocol. LiBMJ Open. 2015 Apr 23;5(4):e007238.
Doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007238. Link: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/4/e007238.abstract