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Rethinking stunting prevention

An interdisciplinary research consortium of 17 partner institutions, we are the Action Against Stunting Hub. We’re developing child-focused interventions to prevent, improve and even reverse some critical features of this global issue.

Issues we talk about

Over the past three decades, governments and organisations have worked tirelessly to reduce stunting among children under five. Until now, approaches have taken a nutrition-centric viewpoint, searching for a 'silver bullet' to counter stunting.

Action Against Stunting Blog

Discover a wealth of knowledge on the intricate interconnections between stunting, a condition of impaired growth and development in children, and multiple facets of human existence. Our blog features insightful articles authored by interdisciplinary experts who delve deep into the subject matter and provide valuable perspectives on this important issue.

Connecting the dots no one saw before through vital interdisciplinary research addressing the intractable global challenge of child stunting, the Action Against Stunting Hub works directly with communities across India, Indonesia and Senegal facing this burden.

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

What is stunting?

Stunting involves children experiencing 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.

Who are we?

The ‘UKRI GCRF Action against Stunting Hub’ is an interdisciplinary team comprising researchers from 17 partner institutions. Running from March 2019 – March 2024, our mission is to transform current research on child undernutrition or stunting from individual components of the problem to the ‘whole child’.

What is the whole-child approach?

To change the focus of the investigation of child undernutrition from individual components of the problem to the ‘whole child our goal is to understand the entire context of child undernutrition, including biological, social, environmental, and behavioural factors. We are looking into the synergies and inter-relationships between drivers to decode the 'bio-developmental' niche governing child growth.

We call this the Whole Child Approach.

Upcoming events

In the face of a rapidly changing climate, the interconnected issues of food security, nutrition, and child development are gaining increasing attention. This event will bring together experts from various disciplines to explore the complex pathways through which climate change affects child nutrition and development, focusing on micronutrient intakes.

Webinars (3)

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