Prevalence of severe wasting, weight for height, female (% of children under 5) - Country Ranking

Definition: Prevalence of severe wasting, female, is the proportion of girls under age 5 whose weight for height is more than three standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0-59.

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

Find indicator:
Rank Country Value Year
1 Djibouti 7.80 2012
2 Papua New Guinea 7.00 2011
3 Niger 6.40 2012
4 Indonesia 6.20 2013
5 Mali 5.70 2006
6 Sudan 5.50 2006
6 Burkina Faso 5.50 2010
8 Somalia 5.00 2009
8 Syrian Arab Republic 5.00 2009
10 Yemen 4.80 2013
11 Comoros 4.50 2012
12 India 4.40 2014
13 Albania 4.30 2009
13 Afghanistan 4.30 2004
15 Angola 4.20 2007
16 São Tomé and Principe 4.10 2008
17 Tajikistan 4.00 2012
17 The Gambia 4.00 2013
19 Saudi Arabia 3.90 2005
20 Madagascar 3.70 2004
20 Sierra Leone 3.70 2013
22 Botswana 3.60 2007
22 Egypt 3.60 2008
22 Ukraine 3.60 2000
25 Eritrea 3.50 2010
26 South Africa 3.30 2004
27 Chad 3.20 2015
28 Iraq 3.00 2011
29 Pakistan 2.90 2012
30 Fiji 2.80 2004
31 Benin 2.70 2006
32 Sri Lanka 2.60 2012
32 Lebanon 2.60 2004
34 Bangladesh 2.50 2014
34 Philippines 2.50 2013
34 Libya 2.50 2007
37 Dem. Rep. Congo 2.40 2013
38 Equatorial Guinea 2.30 2010
39 Ethiopia 2.20 2014
39 Nepal 2.20 2011
39 Zambia 2.20 2013
42 Cambodia 2.10 2014
43 Vanuatu 2.00 2007
43 Turkmenistan 2.00 2006
45 Mozambique 1.90 2011
45 Kenya 1.90 2009
45 Uganda 1.90 2011
45 Lao PDR 1.90 2011
45 Myanmar 1.90 2009
45 Bhutan 1.90 2010
51 Congo 1.70 2011
51 Nigeria 1.70 2014
51 Barbados 1.70 2012
51 Thailand 1.70 2012
55 Central African Republic 1.60 2010
55 Liberia 1.60 2013
55 Namibia 1.60 2013
58 Timor-Leste 1.50 2013
58 Armenia 1.50 2010
58 Belize 1.50 2011
58 Burundi 1.50 2010
62 Kazakhstan 1.40 2010
62 Vietnam 1.40 2010
62 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.40 2012
62 Togo 1.40 2014
62 Haiti 1.40 2012
67 Uzbekistan 1.30 2006
67 Côte d'Ivoire 1.30 2012
67 Malawi 1.30 2010
67 Mauritania 1.30 2012
67 Bulgaria 1.30 2004
67 Cameroon 1.30 2011
73 Lesotho 1.20 2009
73 Tunisia 1.20 2012
73 Solomon Islands 1.20 1989
76 Algeria 1.10 2012
76 Trinidad and Tobago 1.10 2000
76 Gabon 1.10 2012
76 Kyrgyz Republic 1.10 2012
80 Czech Republic 0.90 2001
80 Guyana 0.90 2009
80 Morocco 0.90 2011
80 Guinea-Bissau 0.90 2010
80 Jamaica 0.90 2004
80 Guinea 0.90 2012
86 Tanzania 0.80 2010
86 Azerbaijan 0.80 2013
86 Suriname 0.80 2010
86 Jordan 0.80 2012
86 Serbia 0.80 2010
86 Romania 0.80 2002
86 Senegal 0.80 2014
93 Rwanda 0.70 2010
93 Georgia 0.70 2009
93 Zimbabwe 0.70 2010
93 Oman 0.70 2009
93 Mongolia 0.70 2010
98 Montenegro 0.60 2013
98 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 0.60 2012
98 Hungary 0.60 1984
98 Swaziland 0.60 2010
98 Belarus 0.60 2005
98 Ecuador 0.60 2012
98 Ghana 0.60 2014
98 China 0.60 2010
106 Brazil 0.50 2007
106 Singapore 0.50 2000
106 Kuwait 0.50 2014
106 Brunei 0.50 2009
110 Moldova 0.40 2012
110 Bolivia 0.40 2008
110 Turkey 0.40 2013
110 Dominican Republic 0.40 2013
110 Nicaragua 0.40 2006
110 Mexico 0.40 2012
116 Greece 0.30 2003
116 Panama 0.30 1997
118 Argentina 0.20 2005
118 Japan 0.20 2010
118 Honduras 0.20 2012
118 El Salvador 0.20 2008
118 Paraguay 0.20 2012
118 Netherlands 0.20 1980
124 Korea 0.10 2010
124 Canada 0.10 1971
124 Guatemala 0.10 2015
124 Colombia 0.10 2010
124 Uruguay 0.10 2011
124 Peru 0.10 2014
124 Macedonia 0.10 2011
131 United States 0.00 2012
131 Germany 0.00 2005

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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