There are several global databases on indicators related to acute malnutrition. Click on the links below to find out more.

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UNICEF global database on the situation of women and children

Stores data on the following:

  • Underweight: % of children under 5 moderately underweight (<-2SD below median weight-for-age) and severely underweight (<-3SD below median weight-for-age)
  • Stunting: % of children under 5 moderately stunted (<-2SD below median height-for-age) and severely stunted (<-3SD below median height-for-age)
  • Wasting: % of children under 5 moderately wasted (<-2SD below median weight-for-height) and severely wasted (<-3SD below median weight-for-height)

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WHO global database on child growth and malnutrition

Child growth estimates by WHO child growth reference standards and NCHS reference standards, by country. Indicators are % under 5 below and above the median:

  • Weight-for-age
  • Height-for-age
  • Weight-for-height
  • BMI/age

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WHO global data bank on breastfeeding and complementary feeding

Stores data by country on the following:

  • Exclusive breastfeeding rate (by month up to 6 months and at <6 months)
  • Duration of breastfeeding (mean/median)
  • Predominant breastfeeding rate
  • Timely complementary feeding rate
  • Continued breastfeeding rate (1 year/ 2 years)
  • Bottle-feeding rate

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World Bank Health, Nutrition and Population Statistics Page

Stores data by country on the following:

  • Malnutrition prevalence, weight-for-age (% children under 5)
  • Malnutrition prevalence, height-for-age (% children under 5)
  • Prevalence of wasting (% children under 5)
  • Low-birth-weight babies (% of births)
  • Exclusive breastfeeding (% of children under 6 months)
  • Prevalence undernourishment (% of population)

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