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Save the Children
The cost of undernutrition is a burden shouldered not only by one-third of Filipino children, but by the entire nation. Beyond the health implications for each individual child, malnutrition hinders a child’s capability to achieve his/her full potential as a learner and his/her future productivity as a worker and a contributor to the Philippines. Thus, malnutrition has an economic cost to the entire nation.
This report has calculated the economic impact of childhood stunting on the educational system, and also on the overall productivity of the Philippine economy.
Through this report, Save the Children is raising the alarm on the nutrition crisis, and is calling the national and local government, private sector and the donors to end the appalling state of malnutrition in the Philippines.