In Benin, malnutrition is a real health problem for children under 5 years of age. According to Unicef, it is the greatest risk factor for mortality and morbidity among them. The UN organization estimates the number of malnourished children in Benin at over 1.1 million. Malnutrition accounts for 45% of all child under 5 deaths in the country each year.
More than a third of Benin’s children under 5 are stunted
This situation is caused by inadequate nutrition from early childhood. According to Unicef, only 46.6% of children are breastfed within an hour of birth. Just over half of the children between the ages of 6 and 23 months, i.e. 52.5%, are fed after the minimum meal and only a quarter of them are entitled to dietary variety.
Needless to say, malnutrition has been linked to stunted growth. More than a third of Benin’s children under 5 are stunted. The most vulnerable live in poor households. According to Unicef, they are twice as likely to be stunted as people from wealthy households.