Forty-one percent of children from 0-6 of age in Nepal are still suffering from chronic malnutrition and stunted, said a report of UNICEF-Nepal on Thursday.
A report related to Nepal was made public at a lunching ceremony of the Multi-sector Nutrition Plan (MSNP) to accelerate improvement of maternal and child nutrition in Nepal.
Nepalese Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai launched the MSNP amidst a function held in the presence of different international donor partners, members from diplomatic missions and Nepalese government officials.
According to the report, 11 percent of children are wasted and 2.6 percent others are suffering from severe wasting.
The multi-sector nutrition plan will last till 2014 with the support of 3.2 million euros from the European Union's project Maternal and Child Nutrition Security in Asia to address chronic malnutrition in women and children of Nepal.
Prime Minister Bhattarai after launching the program said the multi-sector nutrition plan would be a landmark in bringing remarkable progress in Nepal's current maternal and child malnutrition problems.
He said it would benefit people residing in remote and rural areas of Nepal who fall under the marginalized and poorest community.
The government would take the MSNP up to the marginalized community and local level in coordination with the five key ministries of health and population, education, agriculture and development, urban development, and local development, Bhattarai said.
Hanaa Singer, UNICEF-Nepal representative said that children that are acutely malnourished are five to twenty times more likely to die than their well-nourished counterparts.
In South Asia, the rate of malnutrition is among the highest in the world with 49 percent suffering from stunting and 42 percent from underweight, revealed the UNICEF State of the World's Children, 2012 report.