A one health approach to child stunting: Evidence and research agenda

Radhika Gharpure, Siobhan M. Mor, Mark Viney, Tinashe Hodobo, Joanne Lello, Joyce Siwila, Kululeko Dube, Ruairi C. Robertson, Kuda Mutasa, Cedric N. Berger, Mitsuaki Hirai, Tim Brown, Robert Ntozini, Ceri Evans, Patience Hoto, Laura E. Smith, Naume V. Tavengwa, Mathieu Joyeux, Jean H. Humphrey, David BerendesAndrew J. Prendergast

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Stunting (low height for age) affects approximately one-quarter of children aged < 5 years worldwide. Given the limited impact of current interventions for stunting, new multisectoral evidence-based approaches are needed to decrease the burden of stunting in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Recognizing that the health of people, animals, and the environment are connected, we present the rationale and research agenda for considering a One Health approach to child stunting.Wecontend that a One Health strategy may uncover new approaches to tackling child stunting by addressing several interdependent factors that prevent children from thriving in LMICs, and that coordinated interventions among human health, animal health, and environmental health sectors may have a synergistic effect in stunting reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1620-1624
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 5 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology
  • Parasitology


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