Study: Africa to miss UN deadline to end child malnutrition

Two papers published in the scientific journal ‘Nature’ identify local hotspots for poor child nutrition and lower education levels across 51 African countries.

A woman weighs her malnourished child at a clinic run by the international NGO Kuwait Patients Helping Fund in North Darfur. Picture: United Nations Photo

PRETORIA - Africa is very far away from meeting the global target to end child malnutrition.

A study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation covering 51 countries has found that the entire continent will miss the 2030 UN deadline of ending child malnutrition.

Two papers published in the scientific journal Nature identify local hotspots for poor child nutrition and lower education levels across 51 African countries.

Senior author of the papers and Director of Geospatial Science at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Simon Hay says the UN global goal of ending child with malnutrition was always an aspirational target.

Hay says that’s now very, very far away, as people at the top level of government question the value of international aid and what it brings.