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Is the separation between wasting and stunting justified?

By Carmel Dolan on 6 May 2019

In this episode ENN Technical Directors Tanya Khara and Carmel Dolan are joined by Martha Mwangome from the Kemri / Wellcome Trust research programme in Kenya and Dr Sophie Moore from King's College London to talk about the Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG). 

The key question they interrogate is whether the distinction between wasting and stunting is justified or helpful. They use several analyses conducted by the WaSt TIG as a basis for answering this question. 

Further reading

‘Child wasting and stunting: Time to overcome the separation: a briefing note for policy makers and programme implementers’

https://www.ennonline.net/resources/timetoovercometheseparation

‘Children concurrently wasted and stunted: A meta-analysis of prevalence data of children 6 – 59 months from 84 countries’

https://www.ennonline.net/resources/wastmetaanalysis

‘The relationship between wasting and stunting: a retrospective cohort analysis of longitudinal data in Gambian children from 1976 to 2016’

https://www.ennonline.net/resources/wastcohortanalysisgambia

WaSt TIG

For more information on the work of the WaSt TIG.

https://www.ennonline.net/ourwork/reviews/wastingstunting or contact us directly: tanya@ennonline.net or carmel@ennonline.net

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