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Education keeps hunger away

Education is vital to eliminate malnutrition in the long term – especially education that empowers women. Malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than a third of global child deaths. Educated mothers are more likely to ensure that their children receive the best nutrients to help them prevent or fight off ill health, know more about appropriate health and hygiene practices, and have more power in the home to make sure children’s nutrition needs are met.

In South Asia, 22 million fewer children would be stunted if all mothers reached secondary education.

In Honduras, the chances of children being stunted – short for their age – is 54% if they are born to mothers with less than primary education, falling to 33% for those born to mothers with primary education, and to 10% if they are born to mothers with at least secondary education.

By age 1 – when adverse effects of malnutrition on life prospects are likely to be irreversible – in Viet Nam, children whose mothers have reached lower secondary education are 67% less likely to be stunted than those whose mothers have no education.

In the United Republic of Tanzania, children aged 6 months to 23 months whose mothers had at least secondary education were almost twice as likely to consume food rich in micronutrients as children whose mothers had less than primary education.

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*Stunting is a manifestation of malnutrition in early childhood.

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