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

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 Papua New Guinea 49.50 2010
2 Kiribati 34.40 1985
3 Solomon Islands 31.60 2015
4 Vanuatu 28.50 2013
5 Nauru 24.00 2007
6 Tuvalu 10.00 2007
7 Tonga 8.10 2012
8 Fiji 7.50 2004
9 Samoa 4.70 2014
10 Australia 2.00 2007

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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