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Stunting not as bad as expected in Occupied Palestinian Territory

Children waiting for their mother outside As-Shifa, Gaza’s primary hospital, where an average of 1,200 babies are delivered per month
Erica Silverman/IRIN

An estimated 200 million children aged under five in the developing world suffer from stunted growth due to maternal and childhood undernutrition, according to a new UNICEF report.

“Stunting is associated with developmental problems and is often impossible to correct. A child who is stunted is likely to experience a lifetime of poor health and underachievement,” a UNICEF statement on 11 November said.

In the Middle East, the Occupied Palestinian Territory has a stunting prevalence of 10 percent, a surprisingly better result than other, far wealthier neighbours, which have the following scores:

Lebanon - 11

Jordan - 12

Oman - 13

UAE - 17

Saudi Arabia - 20

Kuwait - 24

Iraq - 26

Syria - 28

Egypt - 29

Yemen – 58


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