Hidden hunger and poverty are linked in a vicious circle. Poverty increases the risk of malnutrition, including micronutrient deficiencies. A prolonged lack of micronutrients in early childhood can affect physical and mental development to the extent that a career biography of social betterment is not possible. A measure to determine poverty is the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The Poverty Index is composed of different information: to one-third by the degree of education, assessed by the duration of school attendance, to one-third by the degree of health, assessed by child mortality and nutrition and to one-third by the standard of living, as measured by access to electricity and fuel for cooking, clean drinking water and sanitary facilities etc. Uganda reaches a value of 0.367 on the MPI scale.
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The data underline the approach by the Students4Kids initiative to find regionally specific starting points against hidden hunger.
Read and see more:
Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). OPHI Country Briefing 2017: Uganda, available via: www.ophi.org.uk/wp-content/…/B47_Global_MPI_2017.pdf