14 Jun 2022

Funding boost to address child malnutrition crisis in Marshalls

From , 6:00 am on 14 June 2022

Ongoing efforts to address a child malnutrition crisis in the Marshall Islands is being boosted with funding from the World Bank.

National health research by UNICEF and the Marshall Islands government has found that most Marshallese children do not eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and the average primary school child lived off a diet heavy on packaged junk food like white rice, donuts and pancakes, ramen noodles, and canned meat.

A total of $US30 million has been approved by the bank for two early childhood projects aimed at improving children's diets.

Jan Kohout reports.

The Marshall Islands, with funding from the World Bank, is this month launching a big intervention aimed at reducing a high rate of malnutrition and growth stunting among children in the country.

The Marshall Islands, with funding from the World Bank, is this month launching a big intervention aimed at reducing a high rate of malnutrition and growth stunting among children in the country. Photo: Giff Johnson