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

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 Yemen 46.50 2013
2 Pakistan 45.00 2012
3 Afghanistan 40.90 2013
4 Syrian Arab Republic 27.50 2009
5 Tajikistan 26.80 2012
6 Iraq 22.60 2011
7 Uzbekistan 19.60 2006
8 Lebanon 16.50 2004
9 Oman 14.10 2014
10 Bahrain 13.60 1995
11 Kyrgyz Republic 12.90 2014
12 Qatar 11.60 1995
13 Turkmenistan 11.50 2015
14 Turkey 9.50 2013
15 Saudi Arabia 9.30 2005
16 Jordan 7.80 2012
17 Iran 6.80 2011
18 Kuwait 4.90 2015

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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