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Levels of child hunger have decreased in SA but concerns remain around stunting

Written by: Neo Koza

Eleven percent of children are living in households where there is reported child hunger, with KwaZulu-Natal sitting at 18 percent, resulting in a higher level of child hunger.

This is according to the University of Cape Town Children’s Institute's communications and education specialist Lori Lake.

This is however only part of the equation as levels of child hunger have decreased in South Africa as a whole, says Lake.

South Africa as a whole, we have actually seen a decline in reported child hunger, from about 30 percent in 2002, down to 11 percent last year. That is being driven primarily by a decline in child poverty which in turn is being driven by the expansion of the child support grant.

Lori Lake, Communications and education specialist - University of Cape Town Children’s Institute

She says there are, however, concerns around the rate of stunting in children.

Stunting is a sign of chronic malnutrition, where children are short for age. Stunting also compromises their cognitive development, their concentration at school....

Lori Lake, Communications and education specialist - University of Cape Town Children’s Institute

There is a real concern that despite the decrease in child poverty, we haven't seen a decline in stunting rates.

Lori Lake, Communications and education specialist - University of Cape Town Children’s Institute

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This article first appeared on 702 : Levels of child hunger have decreased in SA but concerns remain around stunting




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