Prevalence of stunting, height for age (% of children under 5) - Country Ranking - Africa

Definition: Prevalence of stunting is the percentage of children 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: UNICEF, WHO, World Bank: Joint child malnutrition estimates (JME). Aggregation is based on UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank harmonized dataset (adjusted, comparable data) and methodology.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Burundi 55.90 2016
2 Eritrea 50.30 2010
3 Madagascar 49.20 2009
4 Nigeria 43.60 2016
5 Mozambique 43.10 2011
6 Dem. Rep. Congo 42.60 2013
7 Niger 42.20 2016
8 Central African Republic 40.70 2010
9 Zambia 40.00 2013
10 Chad 39.90 2015
11 Ethiopia 38.40 2016
12 Sudan 38.20 2014
13 Rwanda 37.90 2015
13 Sierra Leone 37.90 2013
15 Angola 37.60 2016
16 Malawi 37.10 2015
17 Tanzania 34.40 2015
18 Benin 34.00 2014
19 Djibouti 33.50 2012
20 Lesotho 33.20 2014
21 Guinea 32.40 2016
22 Liberia 32.10 2013
22 Comoros 32.10 2012
24 Cameroon 31.70 2014
25 Botswana 31.40 2007
26 Mali 30.40 2015
27 Uganda 28.90 2016
28 Mauritania 27.90 2015
29 Guinea-Bissau 27.60 2014
30 Togo 27.50 2014
31 South Africa 27.40 2016
32 Burkina Faso 27.30 2016
33 Zimbabwe 26.80 2015
34 Equatorial Guinea 26.20 2011
35 Kenya 26.00 2014
36 Eswatini 25.50 2014
37 Somalia 25.30 2009
38 The Gambia 25.00 2013
39 Namibia 23.10 2013
40 Egypt 22.30 2014
41 Côte d'Ivoire 21.60 2016
42 Cabo Verde 21.40 1994
43 Congo 21.20 2015
44 Libya 21.00 2007
45 Ghana 18.80 2014
46 Gabon 17.50 2012
47 São Tomé and Principe 17.20 2014
48 Senegal 17.00 2016
49 Morocco 14.90 2011
50 Mauritius 13.60 1995
51 Algeria 11.70 2012
52 Tunisia 10.10 2012
53 Seychelles 7.90 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