Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map
Helping India Combat Persistently High Rates of Malnutrition
The World Bank Group - 5/13/2013 12:47:17 PM
Although India has seen strong economic growth over the past 20 years, malnutrition in children under five years of age continues to be among the highest in the world. Rates of malnutrition ... 60 million - are underweight, about 45% are stunted (too ...
The abject poor of the rising Power
Greater Kashmir - 5/22/2013 7:46:06 PM
Three months later the person died due to want of food. Harsh quotes a Allahabad High Court, Chief Justice, who termed deaths due to hunger as ‘assassination’. “The tragedy of the neo patrimonial states of Indian, writes Kohli, “is that public ...
Children’s Day: Can Nigeria salvage the over 10.5m out-of-school children?
Vanguard - 5/22/2013 11:35:10 PM
According to data released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, an estimated 61 million children of primary school age are being denied their right to education globally. Nigeria alone is home to an estimated 10 ...
Why Ending Child Marriage Abroad Is Good for the U.S.
Atlantic Online - 5/22/2013 12:58:05 PM
Recent reports of the brutal rape of two girls in India, aged four and five, have rightfully spurred protests and condemnations in that country and around the world. Yet in India and elsewhere, sexual violence against young girls is not only tolerated, but ...
Fifteen Years After A Vaccine Scare, A Measles Epidemic
WAMU - 5/22/2013 3:21:15 PM
"But the risk of getting measles, which can be a fatal disease, more than outweighs that." Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Brands that found their original audiences in traditional, old-media platforms are finding ways to keep ...
60 percent population living below poverty line: World Bank report
Business Recorder - 5/19/2013 12:22:52 AM
Sixty percent of Pakistan's population is living below poverty line, a World Bank report entitled World Development ... A comparison of regional countries showed that the poverty rate in Sri Lanka and Nepal was significantly less than Pakistan with 23.9 ...
Why Ending Child Marriage Abroad Is Good for the United States
Council on Foreign Relations - 5/22/2013 7:24:38 PM
have rightfully spurred protests and condemnations in that country and around the world. Yet in India and elsewhere, sexual violence against young girls is not only tolerated, but celebrated, when it is given another name: marriage. Child marriage is a ...
India is still world's hunger capital
Deccan Herald - 5/22/2013 11:56:38 PM
The Indian state is conspicuously absent in most backward areas of the country ... More than 27 per cent of the world’s undernourished population lives in India, of whom 43 per cent children (under five years) are underweight. The figure is higher ...
HNA GROUP, WFP Sign Agreement To Provide School Meals For Children In Ghana
ModernGhana - 5/22/2013 11:25:01 AM
Over 66 million children of primary school age ... country's fourth largest airlineby fleet size and the only Skytrax 5-star airline in mainland China. Editor's Note: WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each ...
Study reveals key causes of childhood diarrhoea
Times of India - 5/21/2013 10:31:56 PM
Combining data from all seven study countries, GEMS found that approximately one in five children under the age of two suffer from moderate-to-severe diarrhoea (MSD) each year, which increased ... by scientists in the country last week.
HNA Group Forms Strategic Partnership with World Food Programme -- World's Largest Humanitarian Organization
Digital Journal - 5/22/2013 6:10:03 AM
The donation will fund the Take Home Rations project under the "Ghana School Feeding" program, and, for each of the five years ... country, and actively supports and engages in the implementation of the "Ghana School Feeding" program. WFP is the world's ...
The World's Most Powerful Female Entrepreneurs, 2013
Forbes - 5/22/2013 11:46:30 AM
Diane von Furstenberg (No. 74) The Belgian-born von Furstenberg may have begun designing clothing in 1970 with $30K, but has since risen to the top of the industry ... Six months later the one-time Disney World ride greeter and door-to-door ...
GLOBAL: Six million children "need not die every year"
IRIN - 5/13/2013 11:53:00 PM
NAIROBI, 7 May 2008 (IRIN) - More than six million children could be saved from death every year if funding were increased to improve community-level health services in the developing world ... millions of children under age five, and can determine ...
Egypt recorded high hunger and poverty rates in the last 3 years says UN report
Spy Ghana - 5/22/2013 12:00:49 PM
Malnutrition is up, with 31 per cent of children under five years of age stunted, up from 23 per cent in 2005. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) considers the “high” range of 30-39. “Stunting, reflecting chronic malnutrition is irreversible and ...
Coptic Christian latest target of blasphemy frenzy under Islamist-ruled Egypt
Washington Post - 5/18/2013 10:03:52 AM
According to the parents, Abdel-Nour, 24, told the children ... from the age of 5,” he said, alluding to the allegation against Abdel-Nour, since withdrawn, of “spreading Christianity.” Criminalizing blasphemy was enshrined in the country’s ...