Reducing Stunting Among Children

The Potential Contribution of Diagnostics

Published in: Nature, v. 444, Suppl. 1, 23 Nov. 2006, p. 29-38

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2006

by Karen A. Ricci, Federico Girosi, Phillip I. Tarr, Yee-Wei Lim, Carl Mason, Mark Miller, James Hughes, Lorenz von Seidlein, Jan M. Agosti, Richard L. Guerrant

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Stunting affects ~ 147 million children in developing countries. Studies have pointed to a relationship between stunting and different pathogens that are associated with diarrhoeal illness. New easy-to-use tools for diagnosing these pathogens could help to identify children at risk for growth shortfall, and reduce the prevalence of stunting and the large burden of disease associated with it.

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