COHA IN THE NEWS
Cost of Hunger In Africa, Mali Kick-Off
BAMAKO – A groundbreaking study of the impact of child undernutrition on Mali’s economy has launched in Mali. The latest in a series known as the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) surveys, it will examine the effects of child undernutrition on health, education and national productivity in the country. It is being made possible by the generous support of the Government of Canada.
COHA is a pan-African initiative led by the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), with support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Cost of Hunger in Africa, Lesotho Study
MASERU – Lesotho is losing 1.9 billion Maloti (US$200 million) a year to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new, country-specific Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study released today. This amounts to more than 7 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The money is lost through increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and lower productivity of the workforce. The study estimates that Lesotho could save 2.86 billion Maloti (US$292 million) by 2025 if the prevalence of underweight in children were reduced from 10% to 5%, and stunting from one-third to one-tenth.
Cost of Hunger in Africa, Chad Study
12 October 2016 – Chad’s economy is losing 575.8 billion CFA francs ($1.2 billion) per year, or 9.5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP), to the effects of childhood undernutrition and resultant increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and lower productivity by the workforce, a new United Nations-backed study has revealed.
575 milliards de francs CFA, soit 1,2 milliard de dollars : c'est ce que fait perdre la sous-nutrition à l'économie du Tchad. Bien sûr, les conséquences de la mauvaise alimentation sont avant tout directes et affectent des communautés entières, notamment celles qui dépendent de l'agriculture et les personnes déplacées par les conflits. Mais d'après une étude rendue publique cette semaine et menée jusqu'à 2012 dans plusieurs pays dont le Tchad, le manque à gagner est énorme pour l’économie des pays.
The Cost of Hunger in Africa: the Social and Economic Impact of Child Undernutrition on Chad’s Long-Term Development, (CoCHA) found that more than half of the country’s adults (56.4 per cent) have suffered as a result of childhood stunting. This means that more than 3.4 million people of working age are unable to reach their full potential due to childhood undernutrition. The study equates this lower physical capacity to 63.7 billion CFA worth of loss in economic productivity, as well as 168.6 billion CFA in additional health costs.
“Africa, and Chad in particular, has the potential to reap a demographic dividend from a young, educated and skilled workforce,” said Dr. Margaret Agama-Anyetei, Head of the African Union’s Division for Health, Nutrition and Population in a joint news release.
De la hausse des frais de santé aux pressions sur le système éducatif et à la faible productivité de la main d’œuvre, Le Coût de la faim en Afrique : l’impact socio-économique de la malnutrition infantile sur le développement à long terme du Tchad (abrégé comme COHA en anglais) illustre le manque à gagner dû au fléau.
Cost of Hunger in Africa, Ghana Study
Quality human capital is the foundation of social and economic development, and Ghana has made some progress in improving child nutrition over the past two decades by reducing chronic malnutrition (or stunting) from 23% to 19%.
COHA in Madagascar
“It paints an alarming picture. Nearly one out of two children here suffer from stunting. This is a tragedy for individuals and a disaster for development. Undernutrition costs more than a billion and a half dollars each year in Madagascar. That is almost 15 per cent of GDP. The human toll is immeasurable,” – Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
On 11 May 2016, during a visit to Madagascar, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Cost of Hunger report. The results of the study show the extent of the negative effects of under-nutrition in the areas of health, education and productivity. An overwhelming 40% of child mortality is related to undernutrition and the country faces an economic loss of 14.5% of gross domestic product per year due to undernutrition.
During the event, the Secretary-General thanked the active network of female Parliamentarians who champion the cause of nutrition and recalled that Madagascar is a member of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement.
I am deeply honoured to address this Joint Congress of the Senate and Assembly. It is especially rewarding to stand in this Parliament. Your elections last year represented an important milestone that ended five years of political crisis.
I commend the National Assembly for its hard work as the only operational chamber for two years. And I congratulate the Senate for its recent re-establishment. You are making a fresh start at a critical time.
11 May 2016 – During his visit to Madagascar today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Malagasy parliamentarians to end the corruption that has weakened their society, while launching a report on the cost of hunger in the island nation.
“Your elections last year represented an important milestone that ended five years of political crisis,” Mr. Ban said in an address to the joint congress of both the Senate and the National Assembly of Madagascar, a country which lies off the southeast coast of Africa.
Une menace latente. Environ 47% des enfants de moins de cinq ans, soit près de deux millions d’enfants malgaches sontaffectés par le retard de croissance. Ce qui place Madagascar au quatrième rang parmi les pays ayant le taux le plus élevé dans ce sens.
Un atelier d’étude et de formation sur le coût de la faim et de la malnutrition a débuté dans la ville d’Eaux depuis lundi, pour une durée de quatre jours sous l’égide de la Primature. Une étude dirigée par l’Union Africaine (UA), sous la coordination du Nouveau Partenariat pour le Développement de l’Afrique (NEPAD), soutenue également par la Commission des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique (UNECA), du Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM) et de l’UNICEF, tout comme l’ONN et des universitaires nationaux ainsi que divers délégations ministérielles concernées en collaboration avec l’Institut national de la statistique (INSTAT).
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia –13 July 2015: The African Union Commission in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), held a high level advocacy side event to advocate for increased investment in nutrition in order to “end all forms of malnutrition” as articulated in the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
COHA in Burkina Faso
La malnutrition infantile, au-delà du problème de santé qu’il pose fait perdre beaucoup au Burkina. En 2012 par exemple le pays a perdu 409 milliards FCFA à cause d’elle, sans compter les incidences sur l’éducation, la productivité. C’est la conclusion à laquelle est parvenue une étude lancée ce 23 juin à Ouagadougou par plusieurs organisations. « Le coût de la faim au Burkina Faso » c’est l’intitulé de l’étude qui vise à attirer des pouvoirs publics et des acteurs au développement sur la nécessité d’allouer plus de ressources dans la lutte contre la malnutrition.
Ouagadougou - The economy of Burkina Faso loses nearly FCA 409 billion (US$ 802 million) per year due to the effects of child under nutrition, according to a new study launched today in the capital by Mr François Lompo, Minister of Agriculture, Halieutic Resources, Sanitation and Food Security, representative of his Excellency, Lt Col Isaac Zida, Prime Minister of the transitional government of Burkina Faso.
Child hunger takes heavy toll on Africa's GDP
Child undernutrition costs African nations up to 16.5 per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP), according to a series of reports looking at social and economic consequences of child undernourishment in 12 African countries. The first reports from the Cost of Hunger in Africa study of 12 countries estimate that Egypt has 1.9 per cent cut from its GDP because not all of its children get enough to eat, while Uganda loses 5.6 per cent and Ethiopia a staggering 16.5 per cent. Read More
COHA in Malawi
LILONGWE, 13 May 2015 – Malawi’s economy loses nearly MKW 150 billion (nearly US$ 600 million) annually due to the effects of child undernutrition. This is the alarming finding of a new study launched today in Lilongwe.
Malawi pays high price for child hunger
Child malnutrition costs Malawi about $600 million a year, with more than half of children aged between 18 and 23 months suffering from stunted growth, according to a new report released on Wednesday.
The study revealed that 82,000 child deaths between 2008 and 2012 were "directly associated" with lack of food, while 60 percent of the working population suffered from stunted growth before they had reached the age of five. Read More
UN Study: Child Malnutrition Undermines Development In Malawi
COHA in Chad
N’DJAMENA – Le lancement d'une étude novatrice de l'impact de la faim au Tchad a été annoncée à N'Djamena aujourd'hui. Construite autour des analyses sur le coût de la faim en Afrique (CDFA), elle examinera les effets de la malnutrition des enfants sur la santé, l'éducation et la productivité nationale au Tchad.
N’DJAMENA – A groundbreaking study of the impact of hunger on Chad’s economy is starting in the New Year. Part of a series of surveys known as the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA), it will examine the effects of child undernutrition on health, education and national productivity in Chad.
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Ground breaking Study on Cost of Hunger kicks off in Lesotho
01 September 2016
MASERU – A groundbreaking study of the impact of child undernutrition on Lesotho’s economy will begin in Lesotho this week. Part of a series of surveys known as the “Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA),” it will examine the effects of child undernutrition on health, education and national productivity in Lesotho.
“The study will provide us with compelling evidence on the consequences of child undernutrition, as well as the justification to increase investment in nutrition and the potential economic returns if we are to take aggressive measures towards eliminating stunting,” said HonMinister Mokoto Hloaele, Minister of Development Planning in Lesotho.
Some 33.2 percent of children in Lesotho are stunted, or have impaired growth as a result of undernutrition during the early stages of their lives.
“If the trend of child undernutrition continues, the continent’s desired economic development agenda will not be achieved,” said Dr Margaret K. Y. Agama-Anyetei, Head of, Health, Population and Nutrition, African Union Commission.
Lesotho will be the eleventh country on the continent to take part in the COHA. It has already been undertaken in Egypt, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda, Chad and Madagascar and Lesotho will implement the study - along with Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania, Mali, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
“Undernutrition is one of the country’s biggest development challenges. The situation could get worse if no immediate response is provided during the drought emergency which has deprived many vulnerable people of any means of livelihoods, “said Mary Njoroge, Country Director and Representative.
COHA is a pan-African initiative led by the African Union Commission and the New Partnership for Africa Development, with support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP
“The goal of eliminating stunting, and more broadly, of eliminating hunger, will be achieved only through a sustained and coordinated effort, and we hope that when the economic cost of hunger in Lesotho becomes apparent, the findings and recommendations of the study will pave the way for financial support from all stakeholders,” said WFP’s Africa Office Director and Representative to the African Union and Economic Commission for Africa, Thomas Yanga.
Previous COHA studies have revealed African economies to have lost the equivalent of between 1.9 and 16 percent of Gross Domestic Product to child undernutrition.
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