July 20, 2017 – Ethiopia reduced child malnutrition for children aged 6 to 23 months, according to the United Nations International Children’s and Emergency Fund (UNICEF) report. The malnutrition rate went down to 38 percent in 2016 from 58 percent in 2000.
A study conducted by UNICEF, shows an estimated 5.7 million children are stunted in Ethiopia due to the combined effects of poor malnutrition, repeated infection and inadequate psychosocial stimulation.
Speaking on the subject, Ephrem Tekle Director of Maternal and Child Health at the Ethiopian Ministry of Health said that the period from 6-8 months when children transit from exclusive breastfeeding to crop-based complimentary feeding are critical.
“As these periods are crucial for the healthy growth of children, the government of Ethiopia has been engaged in community mobilization works through health and agriculture extension programs to reduce child malnutrition”, he added.
Tekle pointed out that monthly child malnutrition monitoring program and feeding children suffering from stunting is also one of the strategies that has been implemented to improve the complimentary feeding practice throughout Ethiopia.
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