ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / WorldHot IssuesGovernmentSocietyInnovationEducationCover StoryPeoplePhotos$177b price tag attached to poor child developmentBy Reuters In London (China Daily) Updated:2016-07-01 07:54Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallChildren born in developing countries this year will lose more than $177 billion in potential lifetime earnings because of stunting and other delays in physical development, scientists said on Wednesday.Children who have poor growth in their first years of life tend to perform worse at school which usually leads to poorer earning power later on.The Harvard scientists calculated that every dollar invested in eliminating poor early growth would yield a $3 return.”$177 billion is a big paycheck that the world is missing out on – about half a percentage point of GDP of these countries,” said Peter Singer, head of Grand Challenges Canada, which funded the research through its Saving Brains program.”We have to stop wasting the worlds most precious economic and social asset and ensure children thrive.”Poor nutrition, premature birth, low breast-feeding rates and early exposure to infection are among several causes of stunting which affects three in 10 children in the developing world.World Bank President Jim Yong Kim recently warned that childhood stunting was “a great unrecognized disaster”, adding that countries which failed to invest in early child development would be left behind in an increasingly complex, digital world.First in-depth studyEchoing his remarks, Singer said the economic value of investing in childrens early years was “absolutely humongous”.”In an age of essentially stagnant growth, ignoring this issue is the dumbest thing you could do for the global economy, while paying attention to this issue would be one of the smartest,” he told Reuters.Scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said their research represented the first in-depth study of the economic impact of poor early growth in low – and middle-income countries.Progress in improving early childhood physical development has been slow compared to the significant achievements in reducing under-five mortality rates, the report said.The Harvard scientists arrived at the $177 billion figure after looking at indicators for the 123 million children born in 2010 in 137 low and middle-income countries.0PhotoNight views of Harbin through the lensTibetans take train home after pilgrimage or travellingWorlds largest shaftless Ferris wheel built in ChinaAncient cities to be connected by Xian-Chengdu high-speed railwaySnow turns Harbin into winter wonderlandReed Catkin Festival held in WuhanSocietyPoliticsHot TopicsScience/TechBusinessCover StoryFTZ simplifies process to launch businessesJapan can offer experience, expat saysApplication for work streamlinedAwareness of law aids resolutionAir Force units explore new airspaceLow wages and lack of respect responsible for kindergarten abuse, experts sayLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchAgency ensuring natural gas supplyUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingChina moves to secure natural gas supply amid rising winter demandXi asks China, Canada to work for substantial tiesCooperation necessary for success, leaders sayLiving in space: How astronauts train, eat and workTeachers excused for lunchtime drinksWaiting for Shenzhou XICancer agent found in 44 cities drinking waterAt Ikea eatery, its no pay, no stayChina lose 2-0 to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier, coach Gao resignsC919 gains another 55 orders, lifting total orders to 785Services offset dip in manufacturingFintech to energize real economy, cut risksChinas Long March rockets complete 60 commercial launchesEngineers achieve breakthroughChina-made components add securityOnline shopping rings up customer complaintsImport expo to focus on advanced techSME mobile market platform receives first clientsChina top importer of US soybeansAir China opens direct route from Beijing to BarcelonaInsurance-based trust launchedDandelion helping to sow the seeds of stability for membersCover storyVisa change may boost tourism to USThe wrong side of the roadBuilding ban begins to biteVillagers call on Japan to atone for massacreMost ViewedTodays Top NewsChina issues first orange alert of 2016 for rainstormCPC membership becomes more diverseNegligence alleged in police custody deathXi calls for prudence on missile deploymentPlan aims for 150,000 km of rail by 2020Govt blames Taiwan for breakdownDraft regulation allows children rescued from abduction to be adoptedLi to open investment door widerReal names required for phone appsReport identifies LGBT preferences in capitalState Council NewsChina sets plan to boost rail networkPremier Li talks with business leaders at Davos forumImages of students using ice cubes to cool down under the southwestern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions harsh summer sun have gone viral online.HighlightsBritish man dies in Hangzhou, donating organs to 6 ChineseResearchers find birds wings encased in amberJewel of idea aims to clear the airSurvey finds 77 percent of Chinese families are happyHot TopicsGround level Rule of law Panda China youths Anti-terror drive Family planning Smog Fox Hunt Beijing integrates with Tianjin, Hebei China cracks down on graftSpecialReaching for the future: Chinas scientific achievements2016 legislative and political advisory sessions…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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