Nearly half of all child deaths in Africa stem from hunger
Source: African Child Policy Forum (2019)
Explainer: The study offered as evidence for this claim did estimate that 45% of all deaths in under-5 children were due to undernutrition. However, a calculation for Africa has not been done.
Several publications reported that nearly half of child deaths in Africa stem from hunger, citing a 2019 “key finding” by an Ethiopia-based research institute.
The African Child Policy Forum referred Africa Check to Unicef and WHO findings, who in turn drew the estimate from a 2013 Lancet study.
A study author said the research was not specific to Africa and that a calculation for the region had not been done. Experts also urged caution when defining terms like hunger, undernutrition and malnutrition.