Kenya Reduces Childhood Stunting by 8% in 8 Years

Kenya Reduces Childhood Stunting by 8% in 8 Years

According to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, the stunting rate has dropped from 26% in 2014 to 18% in 2022, a reduction of 8 percentage points over the past 8 years.

This achievement was highlighted during the recent 14th Taskforce meeting on Food and Nutrition Development, where the state's efforts were acknowledged. The Principal Secretary for the Department of Public Health and Professional Standards, Ms. Mary Muthoni, emphasized Kenya's strategic alignment with The Africa Agenda 2063 and the importance of comprehensive malnutrition interventions.

Despite the challenges faced, the Ministry's multisectoral approach, including the implementation of the Kenya Nutrition Action Plan, has helped to scale up interventions aimed at addressing malnutrition. Ms. Muthoni reiterated the government's commitment to achieving universal health coverage and called for collective efforts to combat malnutrition, with the goal of ensuring a healthier Kenya by 2030.

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