Egypt - Prevalence of stunting, height for age, female (% of children under 5)

Prevalence of stunting, height for age, female (% of children under 5) in Egypt was 28.40 as of 2008. Its highest value over the past 20 years was 36.10 in 1988, while its lowest value was 18.00 in 2003.

Definition: Prevalence of stunting, female, is the percentage of girls under age 5 whose height for age is more than two standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0-59 months. For children up to two years old height is measured by recumbent length. For older children height is measured by stature while standing. The data are based on the WHO's new child growth standards released in 2006.

Source: World Health Organization, Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition. Country-level data are unadjusted data from national surveys, and thus may not be comparable across countries.

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Year Value
1988 36.10
1991 34.10
1993 30.70
1995 33.40
2000 22.60
2003 18.00
2005 22.20
2008 28.40

Aggregation method: Linear mixed-effect model estimates

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Undernourished children have lower resistance to infection and are more likely to die from common childhood ailments such as diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections. Frequent illness saps the nutritional status of those who survive, locking them int


Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Nutrition