Johannesburg - Breastfeeding babies, good nutrition and investment in ensuring healthy, disease-free environments can reverse stunted growth in South African children, South Africa's First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe said on Wednesday.
At least 27 percent of children under the age of five are stunted, Motsepe said as she launched a campaign to eliminate stunting in children by the year 2030.
"The campaign tells us stunting is merely a disapproving reaction and response of nature to the uneven, unequal and unjust socio-economic conditions under which millions of our compatriots strive to survive," she said.
"We are reminded today that maternal nutrition and infection are among the leading causes of stunting in children."
Stunting in children is caused by prolonged lack of good nutrition. The condition affects physical and brain development, leading to bad performance at school compared to unstunted children.