Child stunting in developing countries increases national economic burden

Harvard Pop Center faculty members Günther Fink, PhD, and Wafaie Fawzi, Dr.P.H., are authors on a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that is among the first to quantify the economic cost of growth faltering of children in developing countries. Their findings suggest that interventions aimed at preventing early childhood stunting could not only benefit the children themselves, but also yield substantial long-run economic benefits. Photo: Miville Tremblay on Flickr

Blood tests during infancy could help to identify children more likely to become underweight in Tanzania

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Wafaie Fawzi is author on a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that has found that Tanzanian infants (at 6 weeks) with elevated levels of antibodies to LPS and flagellin (potential markers of environmental enteric dysfunction (EED)) in their blood were approximately two times more likely to become underweight. Photo: Miville Tremblay on Flickr

Impact of family planning on child survival and development

Pop Center faculty members Gunther Fink and Wafaie Fawzi have published a new study showing that postponing the age of first birth and increasing inter-pregnancy intervals—two outcomes made possible by family planning—have the potential to significantly reduce the prevalence of stunted growth and improve child development in LMICs (low and middle income countries).