The Healthy Growth Project

Promoting healthy growth and preventing childhood stunting

The Healthy Growth Project

Healthy growth project cover picture
WHO/Jim Holmes

Promoting Healthy Growth and Preventing Childhood Stunting is a project coordinated by the WHO Department of Nutrition and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Its aims are to develop tools and a framework to support countries in setting and implementing stunting reduction agendas; help shift focus from underweight to stunting as the indicator for tracking undernutrition; highlight the association between undernutrition in early life and later risk of overweight/obesity, associated with non-communicable diseases; and contribute to the achievement of the 2012 World Health Assembly stunting reduction target (WHA Resolution 65.6).

Recognition that nutrition-sensitive interventions also are critical for stunting prevention has broadened the scope of candidate actions for stunting reduction. Therefore, in addition to improved complementary feeding, interventions to strengthen food systems, promote healthy diets, improve maternal health, water supplies, sanitation and hygiene are among the multi-faceted actions being undertaken to address stunting.

Project activities include:
  • Analysis of data on global trends and determinants of growth indicators
  • Collaborating with global and country-level partners to set and implement national stunting reduction agendas
  • Supporting countries to implement the WHO Child Growth Standards while promoting best practices for growth assessment and counselling on infant and young child feeding
Promoting healthy growth and preventing childhood stunting

10 steps to successful growth assessment and counselling


Stunting in a nutshell

The video "Stunting in a nutshell" is an interactive version of the WHO conceptual framework on the Context, Causes and Consequences of Childhood Stunting.


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