Malnutrition data

May 14, 2018

UNICEF, WHO & World Bank’s Joint global database on Child Malnutrition provides country-level trends of 4 core child malnutrition indicators. All publicly available MICS and DHS with anthropometric data for the full age range of 0 to 59 months have been reanalyzed to produce standardized estimates over time. Along with national estimates, the databases contain…

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UNICEF/WHO/World Bank joint child malnutrition estimates: stunting (national and disaggregated) Download Data
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UNICEF/WHO/World Bank joint child malnutrition estimates database: overweight (national and disaggregated) Download Data
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UNICEF-WHO-The World Bank: Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates – 2018 edition

May 14, 2018

The UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank inter-agency team regularly updates joint global and regional estimates of child malnutrition. These estimates of prevalence and numbers for child stunting, overweight, wasting and severe wasting are derived for the global population as well as by regional groupings of United Nations (UN) regions and sub-regions, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG),

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UNICEF-WHO-The World Bank: Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates 2018 Edition – Interactive Dashboard

May 14, 2018

This interactive dashboard visualizes the latest child malnutrition estimates for the period 1990-2016. These estimates of prevalence and numbers for child stunting, overweight, wasting and severe wasting are derived by United Nations (UN), Millennium Development Goal (MDG), Sustainable Development Goal (SDG),UNICEF, WHO and World Bank regions, as well as World Bank income group classifications.

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Breastfeeding: A Mother’s Gift for Every Child

May 10, 2018

This report from UNICEF shares new analysis on breastfeeding practices around the world and sets out key recommendations for governments, the private sector, civil society and communities in low-, middle- and high-income countries to increase breastfeeding rates. The report finds that more than 1 in 5 babies in high-income countries are never breastfed, compared to 1 in 25 in low- and middle-income countries.

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Vitamin A supplementation interactive dashboard

May 2, 2018

Periodic, high-dose Vitamin A supplementation is a proven, low-cost intervention to prevent childhood blindness and reduce illnesses such as diarrhea. This interactive dashboard shows coverage rates by country.

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Coverage at a crossroads: New directions for vitamin A supplementation programmes

May 1, 2018

For children living in countries where under-five mortality is high and vitamin A deficiency is a public health problem, vitamin A supplementation (VAS) provides vital protection from blindness and decreases their risk of dying from preventable causes such as measles and diarrhoea.  During much of early childhood – from 6 months to 5 years of age – two high-dose supplements of vitamin A per year, spaced four to six months apart, can strengthen the immune systems and improve chances of survival.

Countdown Country Profiles

Dec 12, 2017

This resource features detailed country and equity profiles on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health for the 81 countries that account for 95% of all maternal deaths and 90% of all child deaths. Each profile presents the latest data on the country’s progress toward improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition.

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The State of the World’s Children 2017 Statistical Tables

Dec 10, 2017

The 2016 State of the World’s Children Report contains the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being. The updated statistical tables are available to download.

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Meeting Report on Infant and Young Child Feeding Indicators

Nov 28, 2017

The report summarizes the proceedings of a technical consultation convened by UNICEF, FANTA, USAID, and WHO in June 2017 with the aim of understanding issues related to the use and operationalization of the infant and young child feeing (IYCF) indicators released in 2008. The report highlights discussions related to the modification of IYCF indicators for minimum diet diversity (MDD), minimum meal frequency (MMF), and minimum acceptable diet (MAD). It also highlights issues presented around collecting and operationalizing these indicators in the field through DHS, MICS and other surveys. Lastly, the report presents the discussions on additional issues and way forward for feeding and nutrition indicators in three main age groups: 0-5 months, 24-59 months, and school-age children.

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Global Nutrition Report 2017: Nourishing the SDGs

Nov 4, 2017

Almost every country in the world now faces a serious nutrition-related challenge whether stemming from undernutrition or overweight and obesity, with 1 in 3 people affected. The report focuses on how improving nutrition can have a powerful multiplier effect across the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Indeed, it indicates that it will be a challenge to achieve any Sustainable Development Goal without addressing nutrition.

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First Foods: Improving Diets in Early Childhood

Oct 30, 2017

This special issue of Maternal and Child Nutrition includes the invited papers from presentations made during a global meeting in Mumbai, India, on the theme: First Foods: A Global Meeting to Accelerate Progress on Complementary Feeding for Young Children (November 17–18, 2015). The Conference provided a platform that aimed to (a) synthesize the biological and implementation science on complementary feeding; (b) review the practice and experience in improving access to nutritious complementary foods and good complementary feeding practices in children aged 6–23 months; and (c) consolidate a strong evidence base that can inform the development of strategies and approaches to improve complementary feeding that are fit to context. The papers in this special issue provide the most up to date thinking on a variety of topics related to young child feeding discussed at the 2015 meeting.

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The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World

Sep 15, 2017

World hunger is estimated to be on the rise again as conflict and human-induced disasters as well as natural disasters are contributing to setbacks in food security.This year’s The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFIN) warns that the long-term declining trend in undernourishment seems to have come to a halt and may have reversed. Meanwhile, though progress continues to be made in reducing child malnutrition, millions of children are still stunted and wasted, and rising overweight and obesity are a concern in most parts of the world. One of the best starts in life, exclusive breastfeeding, has increased in many countries, yet it remains below desired levels. For the first time, this year’s report is published by an expanded partnership, with UNICEF and WHO now joining FAO, IFAD and WFP.

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Joint child malnutrition estimates – 2017 edition

May 16, 2017

UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank regularly update joint global and regional estimates of child malnutrition. These estimates of prevalence and numbers for child stunting, underweight, overweight, wasting and severe wasting are derived for the global population as well as by United Nations (UN), Millennium Development Goal (MDG), Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), UNICEF, WHO and World Bank regions, as well as World Bank income group classifications.

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Is every child counted? Status of data for children in the SDGs

Mar 6, 2017

“Is every child counted” provides a status report on the data availability of child related SDG indicators showing that sufficient data is available only for half of those. Many indicators, such as those on poverty and violence cannot be compared, and are either too limited or of poor quality, leaving governments without the information they need to accurately address challenges facing millions of children, or to track progress towards achieving the Goals. The report also identifies priorities for enhancing the collection, analysis and use of data for children.

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Nutrition Targets Tracking Tool

Feb 9, 2017

The tracking tool allows users to explore scenarios taking into account different rates of progress for the six World Health Assembly (WHA) Nutrition targets and the time left to 2025 using the latest global databases such as the UNICEF-WHO-World Bank joint malnutrition estimates for stunting, wasting and overweight. The six WHO targets on nutrition were set at the global level as default national targets included in this tool, but countries can define their own national targets for contributing to each of the global targets.

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From the First Hour of Life: A New Report on Infant and Young Child Feeding

Oct 14, 2016

A new global report from UNICEF, From the First Hour of Life: Making the case for improved infant and young child feeding everywhere, provides a global status update on infant and young child feeding practices and puts forth recommendations for improving them. The report is divided into two parts: Part I focuses on breastfeeding and Part II looks at complementary feeding practices. Each part reviews the most recent evidence on infant and young child feeding practices and provides updated global and regional estimates and trends, where available, as well as disaggregated analyses.

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Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates 2016 – Interactive Dashboard

Sep 20, 2016

This interactive dashboard visualizes the latest child malnutrition estimates. These estimates of prevalence and numbers for child stunting, overweight, wasting and severe wasting are derived by United Nations (UN), Millennium Development Goal (MDG), UNICEF, WHO and World Bank regions, as well as World Bank income group classifications.

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Joint child malnutrition estimates – 2016 edition

Sep 20, 2016

UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank regularly update joint global and regional estimates of child malnutrition. These estimates of prevalence and numbers for child stunting, underweight, overweight, wasting and severe wasting are derived for the global population as well as by United Nations (UN), Millennium Development Goal (MDG), UNICEF, WHO and World Bank regions, as well as World Bank income group classifications.

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The State of the World’s Children 2016 Report

Jun 30, 2016

This edition of The State of the World’s Children argues that progress for the most disadvantaged children is the defining condition for delivering on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The data in this report show, unless we accelerate the pace of our progress, the futures of millions of disadvantaged and vulnerable children – and therefore the future of their societies – will be imperilled. The flagship publication contains  the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being.

 

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The State of the World’s Children 2016 Statistical Tables

Jun 27, 2016

The 2016 State of the World’s Children Report contains the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being. The updated statistical tables are available to download.

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2016 Global Nutrition Report

Jun 15, 2016

The Global Nutrition Report is the only independent and comprehensive annual review of the state of the world’s nutrition. It is a multipartner initiative that holds a mirror up to our successes and failures at meeting intergovernmental nutrition targets. It documents progress on commitments made on the global scale, and it recommends actions to accelerate that progress.

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Vitamin A Supplementation: A Statistical Snapshot

Mar 22, 2016

UNICEF-supported Vitamin A supplementation programmes have been reaching children aged 6 to 59 months in priority countries for nearly two decades. Vitamin A supplementation helps maintain strong immune systems. It reduces the incidences of diarrhoea and measles in children and prevents blindness and hearing loss. Most importantly, Vitamin A supplements can improve a child’s chance of survival by 12 to 24 per cent.

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Breastfeeding in the 21st century: epidemiology, mechanisms, and lifelong effect

Jan 29, 2016

With a substantial development of research and findings for breastfeeding over the past three decades, we are now able to expand on the health benefits for both women and children across the globe. The paper describes past and current global trends of breastfeeding, its short and long-term health consequences for the mother and child, the impact of investment in breastfeeding, and the determinants of breastfeeding and the effectiveness of promotion interventions.

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Levels and Trends in Child Malnutrition: 2015 edition

Sep 22, 2015

In September 2015, UNICEF, WHO and World Bank Group released an updated joint dataset on child malnutrition indicators (stunting, wasting, severe wasting, overweight and underweight) and new global & regional estimates covering the 1990 to 2014 period. This summary note presents key messages and highlights refinements to the method.

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Progress for Children Report

Jun 23, 2015

This eleventh edition of Progress for Children is UNICEF’s final report on the child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It presents latest data that show while the MDGs helped drive tremendous advances in the lives of the world’s children, development efforts in the past 15 years failed to reach millions of the most disadvantaged. The report spotlights where the international community must now focus attention and action to reach the most vulnerable children and achieve sustainable growth.

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The State of the World’s Children 2015

Nov 20, 2014

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this edition of The State of the World’s Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the world’s most disadvantaged children. The report is inspired by the work of innovators around the world – who are pushing boundaries and crafting solutions for local problems that reflect urgent global needs – towards a future in which all children can enjoy their rights. The Executive Summary features many of the elements that are highlighted in the main interactive online report, including the extraordinary stories of young innovators. It also presents key statistics on child survival, development and protection for the world’s countries, areas and regions.

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Low birthweight data

Oct 16, 2014

Low birthweight estimates will be updated based on a new method.  Countries are currently reviewing estimates, and we will release them here once finalized.  Coming soon!  

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Generation 2030 | Africa: Child demographics in Africa

Aug 12, 2014

Africa, already the world’s second most populous continent with over 1 billion inhabitants, is experiencing a demographic shift unprecedented in its scale and swiftness.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

Jul 30, 2014

The MDGs brought together governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector to achieve concrete goals for development and poverty eradication. Much has been accomplished through the concerted and focused efforts of all, saving and improving the lives of many people, but the agenda remains unfinished.

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Data, children’s rights, and the new development agenda

May 20, 2014

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the culmination of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As people look to the future of human wellbeing, data will play an increasingly important part in identifying inequities and in informing and evaluating interventions so these are responsive and accountable to the world’s 2.2 billion children, especially those so far excluded from the benefits of development.

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Children in Africa 2014

May 1, 2014

This 8-page brochure presents key statistics on child survival, protection and development for children in Africa.

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State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts

Jan 8, 2014

The State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts highlights the critical role data and monitoring play in realizing children’s rights. Credible data, disseminated effectively and used correctly, make it possible to target interventions that help right the wrong of exclusion. Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible – by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, gauging progress and holding duty bearers to account. Making the possible real is up to decision makers.

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed Progress Report 2013

Sep 9, 2013

Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed is a global movement to end preventable child deaths. Under the leadership of participating governments and in support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child strategy, A Promise Renewed brings together public, private and civil society actors committed to advocacy and action for maternal, newborn and child survival.

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Maternal and Child Undernutrition and Overweight in Low-income and Middle-income Countries

Jun 6, 2013

Maternal and child malnutrition in low-income and middle-income countries encompasses both undernutrition and a growing problem with overweight and obesity.

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The Millennium Development Goals 2013; Goal 4 – Addendum

Jun 1, 2013

The UN Secretary General’s Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 highlights how UNICEF, in close collaboration with UN agencies and Member States, is making a direct contribution to the dissemination and use of information for decision making.

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Improving Child Nutrition: The achievable imperative for global progress

Apr 1, 2013

This report builds on earlier findings on the impact of undernutrition by highlighting new developments and demonstrating that efforts to scale up nutrition programmes are working, benefiting children in many countries.

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The Millennium Development Goals 2012; Goal 4 – Addendum

Jun 1, 2012

In this edition of the MDG report, Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations highlights several milestones in the foreword: “The target of reducing extreme poverty by half has been reached five years ahead of the 2015 deadline, as has the target of halving the proportion of people who lack dependable access to improved sources of drinking water. Conditions for more than 200 million people living in slums have been ameliorated—double the 2020 target. Primary school enrolment of girls equalled that of boys, and we have seen accelerating progress in reducing child and maternal mortality.”

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Progress for Children: A report card on adolescents: Number 10, April 2012

Apr 1, 2012

This edition of Progress for Children sets out who adolescents are, where they live, what they do, what their problems are and how their needs are – or are not – being met.

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The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World

Feb 8, 2012

This edition of The State of the World’s Children explores the increasingly urban experience of childhood. Over half the world’s people – including more than a billion children – now live in cities and towns.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

Jun 1, 2011

The UN Secretary General’s MDG Report 2011 presents the most up-to-date information on the progress made to reach the Millennium Development Goals by the internationally agreed deadline of 2015.

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The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescents: An Age of Opportunity

Feb 1, 2011

In the foreword to this State of the World’s Children 2011 edition, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF writes: “Adolescence is not only a time of vulnerability, it is also an age of opportunity. This is especially true when it comes to adolescent girls. We know that the more education a girl receives, the more likely she is to postpone marriage and motherhood – and the more likely it is that her children will be healthier and better educated. By giving all young people the tools they need to improve their own lives, and by engaging them in efforts to improve their communities, we are investing in the strength of their societies.

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Progress for Children: Achieving the MDGs with Equity: Number 9, September 2010

Sep 1, 2010

‘Achieving the MDGs with Equity’ is the focus of this ninth edition of Progress for Children, UNICEF’s report card series that monitors progress towards the MDGs.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010

Jun 1, 2010

In this sixth edition of the MDG report published annually, a thorough review of the progress made toward reaching the MDGs by 2015 is presented. Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, writes: “The Millennium Development Goals are still attainable.

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Nutrition Country Profiles

Apr 1, 2010

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Monitoring low birth weight: an evaluation of international estimates and an updated estimation procedure

Mar 1, 2005
Abstract
Objective: To critically examine the data used to produce estimates of the proportion of infants with low birth weight in developing
countries and to describe biases in these data. To assess the effect of adjustment procedures on the estimates and propose a modified estimation procedure for international reporting purposes.
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