UKRI GCRF action against stunting

Alleviating child undernutrition, globally

What we do

We’re conducting vital research to address the intractable global challenge of child stunting. We'll work directly with communities across India, Indonesia and Senegal who are facing this burden.

Applying a holistic, Whole Child Approach, we’re developing child-focused interventions to prevent, improve and even reverse some key features of this global issue.

Boy eating sweet potato
Boy eating sweet potato
A Palawan native child looking on
A Palawan native child looking on (Joshua Paul for LSHTM)

About stunting

Over 150 million children worldwide, under the age of five, are stunted, meaning their growth and development are impaired. Children who are stunted experience diminished cognitive and psychological development, reduced productive capacity and poor health, and an increased risk of degenerative diseases.

In many communities, stunting is an intergenerational problem. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 25% of children are stunted before birth. It’s a staggering global problem that needs an urgent collective response.

Where we work


We work across India, Indonesia and Senegal.

Map of the world with markers showing where we are working

This Hub is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)