The UKRI GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub aims to transform current research on child undernutrition and stunting. The hub has been running for a five-year period from March 2019 – March 2024 and are an interdisciplinary team comprising researchers from 18 institutions across India, Indonesia, Senegal and the UK.
In the past, research into stunting has focused on finding a 'silver bullet', a single, focused solution to a very complex issue. The Hub is moving away from this approach and is transforming the exploration into child undernutrition by focusing on the 'whole child' approach.
This approach aims to understand the biological, social, environmental and behavioural contexts in which stunting occurs and the synergies and inter-relationships between these drivers.
In other words, we examine the 'bio-developmental' role governing child growth, focusing on the interaction between the biological, physical and social environment of the child.
The tools and approaches we develop in the Hub have the potential to change the lives of millions of children. We work with key global actors to drive forward fundamental change in the way we support those already affected by stunting and implement more effective approaches to prevention.
Check the Hub’s website: https://actionagainststunting.org/