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HealthSociety Ghana9. May 2023

Better Education and Nutrition, Better Growth for Children

In Ghana, the prevalence of stunting in children under five has significantly declined in recent years.

In 2003, 35.1 percent of children under five suffered from stunted growth in the country. Today, the number has dropped by more than half, with an estimated 17.1 percent of children affected. Projections predict the number will continue to drop by at least five percent more in the coming years.

The research credited a multitude of things that have led to the reduction of stunting in Ghana, including increased formal education among women, greater food security, better political stability, greater nutritional education, increased malaria prevention, and the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding, among others. The study furthermore called on the government to prioritize funding for food nutrition among young children.


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