Prevalence of underweight, weight for age, male (% of children under 5) - Country Ranking - Africa

Definition: Prevalence of underweight, male, is the percentage of boys under age 5 whose weight for age is more than two standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0-59 months. 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.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Madagascar 39.20 2004
2 Niger 38.70 2012
3 Eritrea 38.10 2010
4 Burundi 32.00 2010
5 Djibouti 31.20 2012
6 Chad 30.00 2015
7 Mali 29.70 2006
8 Sudan 28.10 2006
9 Burkina Faso 27.70 2010
10 Central African Republic 26.10 2010
11 Dem. Rep. Congo 25.70 2013
12 Ethiopia 24.80 2014
13 Somalia 24.60 2009
14 Benin 22.70 2006
15 Mauritania 21.80 2012
16 Nigeria 21.30 2014
17 Sierra Leone 19.20 2013
18 Guinea-Bissau 19.10 2010
19 Côte d'Ivoire 18.80 2012
20 Mozambique 17.50 2011
21 Guinea 17.30 2012
21 The Gambia 17.30 2013
21 Kenya 17.30 2009
24 Togo 17.10 2014
25 Liberia 16.80 2013
25 Comoros 16.80 2012
27 Angola 16.60 2007
27 São Tomé and Principe 16.60 2008
29 Zambia 16.20 2013
30 Lesotho 16.00 2009
31 Cameroon 15.80 2011
32 Uganda 15.40 2011
33 Malawi 15.20 2010
34 Namibia 15.10 2013
35 Tanzania 14.20 2011
36 Senegal 13.80 2014
37 South Africa 13.60 2004
38 Congo 13.30 2011
39 Rwanda 12.90 2010
40 Zimbabwe 12.50 2014
41 Botswana 12.10 2007
42 Ghana 10.70 2014
43 Gabon 7.90 2012
44 Egypt 7.70 2014
45 Swaziland 6.70 2010
46 Libya 6.30 2007
47 Equatorial Guinea 5.90 2010
48 Tunisia 3.20 2012
49 Morocco 3.10 2011
49 Algeria 3.10 2012

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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