Malnutrition is the Biggest Underlying Cause of Child’s Death
[ePrayer – Pray for the world’s malnourished children]
The numbers of humans living on less than $1.25 a day is expected to be halved by 2015, a success for a Millennium Development Goal target set in 2000, however, economic growth does not necessarily reduce hunger especially among the world’s poorest. Under-nutrition is the biggest underlying cause of death in children under five in the world, responsible for 8,000 child deaths each day. In India, child malnutrition has increased in the past decade, despite its economic boom. A report in 2013 estimated that stunting, a form of malnutrition which causes a child to be too small for his or her age, affected at least 165 million children worldwide in 2011, with Africa and Asia showing the highest prevalence. It is said that countries will not be able to break out of poverty or sustain economic advances when so much of their population is unable to achieve the nutritional security that is needed for a healthy and productive life. [Guardian, BBC]
Pray for the world’s malnourished children :
- Pray that all nations will be committed to supporting reduction in malnutrition to help achieve poverty eradication ;
- Pray also that child’s nutrition will be improved in order to ensure their lives, health and development.