Knowledge Note

"The adverse economic costs of child undernutrition are significant. Where does Gambia stand?"

Over one-third of child deaths are due to undernutrition, mostly from the consequent increased severity of disease. Indeed, children who are undernourished between conception and age two are at higher risk for impaired cognitive development, which adversely affects the country’s productivity and growth, as childhood anemia alone is associated with a 2.5% drop in adult wages. This knowledge note details where Gambia stands in relation to this crucial development indicator.