Peru cuts childhood malnutrition rate in half

Americas Now

Peru is becoming a global example in the fight against chronic childhood malnutrition.

Over the years, Peru has enjoyed high growth and low inflation according to the World Bank. But the country has seen less “growth” when it comes to its youth. About three decades ago, close to half of all Peruvian children under the age of five were underweight and their growth stunted – the result of a deficient diet.

But progress is being made. The percentage of children affected by malnutrition dropped from 40 percent to less than 14 percent.

It’s all thanks to a national effort supported and carried out by four Peruvian presidents. Some call it one of Peru’s greatest achievements in recent decades.

Correspondent Nitza Soledad Perez reports on what’s been done to help kids eat healthier and grow.