Top nine countries fighting malnutrition

Malnutrition is a problem in Ayacucho, Peru. Luis Galindo was malnourished until his family received chickens and nutrition training from World Vision.
©2010 Ester Luis/World Vision

From World Vision, by James Addis:

The Nutrition Barometer launched recently by World Vision and Save the Children shows that only a quarter of countries with the highest levels of child malnutrition are adopting the best policies to combat the problem.

Save the Children CEO Jasmine Whitbread and World Vision International CEO Kevin Jenkins launched the barometer and associated report at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, shortly before world leaders met to discuss strategies to improve global nutrition.

The barometer uses a variety of indicators to measure the political, legal, and financial commitments of 36 developing countries to assess how well they are tackling the issue of malnutrition.

The 36 countries are home to 90 percent of the world’s malnourished children.

Countries demonstrating the strongest commitment to combat child malnutrition are:

• Ethiopia*
• Guatemala*
• Malawi*
• Peru*
• Tanzania*
• Burkina Faso
• Burundi*
• Madagascar
• Nepal*

Countries with the weakest commitment to ending child malnutrition are:

• Angola*
• Cameroon
• Democratic Republic of the Congo*
• Côte d’Ivoire
• India*
• Myanmar*
• Philippines*
• Sudan*
• Yemen

(*Indicates where World Vision is working to end poverty.)

The report accompanying the barometer says 2012 has been a critical year for action on nutrition, including a historic summit to tackle the issue ahead of the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.

The summit set out measures that could reduce the number of stunted children by 25 million before the 2016 Olympic Games.

To read the full Nutrition Barometer report, click here.

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