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

Definition: Prevalence of severe wasting, male, is the proportion of boys 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 10.40 2012
2 Madagascar 7.60 2004
3 Albania 7.50 2009
4 Niger 7.40 2012
5 Indonesia 7.20 2013
6 Mali 6.30 2006
7 Burkina Faso 6.20 2010
8 Papua New Guinea 6.10 2011
9 Sudan 5.90 2006
9 Yemen 5.90 2013
9 Syrian Arab Republic 5.90 2009
12 São Tomé and Principe 5.80 2008
13 Somalia 5.30 2009
14 Chad 5.10 2015
14 Saudi Arabia 5.10 2005
16 Eritrea 5.00 2010
16 Sierra Leone 5.00 2013
18 Egypt 4.80 2014
18 India 4.80 2014
20 South Africa 4.70 2004
21 The Gambia 4.60 2013
22 Comoros 4.30 2012
22 Angola 4.30 2007
22 Tajikistan 4.30 2012
25 Iraq 4.10 2011
26 Namibia 4.00 2013
27 Bangladesh 3.90 2014
27 Ukraine 3.90 2000
29 Pakistan 3.80 2012
30 Nepal 3.70 2011
31 Benin 3.40 2006
31 Sri Lanka 3.40 2012
33 Dem. Rep. Congo 3.30 2013
33 Libya 3.30 2007
33 Lebanon 3.30 2004
36 Philippines 3.10 2013
37 Afghanistan 2.90 2004
38 Ethiopia 2.80 2014
38 Mozambique 2.80 2011
38 Botswana 2.80 2007
38 Zambia 2.80 2013
38 Thailand 2.80 2012
43 Solomon Islands 2.70 1989
44 Cambodia 2.60 2014
45 Cameroon 2.50 2011
45 Armenia 2.50 2010
47 Timor-Leste 2.40 2013
47 Mauritania 2.40 2012
47 Myanmar 2.40 2009
47 Kenya 2.40 2009
51 Nigeria 2.30 2014
51 Turkmenistan 2.30 2006
51 Côte d'Ivoire 2.30 2012
51 Liberia 2.30 2013
55 Barbados 2.20 2012
55 Central African Republic 2.20 2010
55 Bhutan 2.20 2010
58 Tunisia 2.10 2012
59 Uzbekistan 2.00 2006
60 Lesotho 1.90 2009
60 Kazakhstan 1.90 2010
60 Tonga 1.90 2012
60 Vanuatu 1.90 2007
64 Guinea 1.80 2012
64 Malawi 1.80 2010
64 Montenegro 1.80 2013
64 Lao PDR 1.80 2011
64 Tanzania 1.80 2010
64 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.80 2012
70 Algeria 1.70 2012
70 Togo 1.70 2014
70 Vietnam 1.70 2010
73 Guyana 1.60 2009
73 Congo 1.60 2011
75 Gabon 1.50 2012
75 Kyrgyz Republic 1.50 2012
77 Azerbaijan 1.40 2013
77 Fiji 1.40 2004
79 Burundi 1.30 2010
79 Bulgaria 1.30 2004
79 Dominican Republic 1.30 2013
79 Jamaica 1.30 2004
83 Czech Republic 1.20 2001
83 Rwanda 1.20 2010
85 Equatorial Guinea 1.10 2010
85 Morocco 1.10 2011
85 Haiti 1.10 2012
88 Guinea-Bissau 1.00 2010
88 Zimbabwe 1.00 2010
88 Uganda 1.00 2011
91 Oman 0.90 2009
91 Belize 0.90 2011
91 Suriname 0.90 2010
91 Hungary 0.90 1984
95 Ghana 0.80 2014
95 Georgia 0.80 2009
95 China 0.80 2010
95 Trinidad and Tobago 0.80 2000
95 Ecuador 0.80 2012
100 Kuwait 0.70 2014
100 Serbia 0.70 2010
100 Senegal 0.70 2014
100 El Salvador 0.70 2008
104 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 0.60 2012
104 Paraguay 0.60 2012
104 Bolivia 0.60 2008
104 Romania 0.60 2002
104 Belarus 0.60 2005
104 Nicaragua 0.60 2006
110 Moldova 0.50 2012
110 Mexico 0.50 2012
110 Singapore 0.50 2000
110 Jordan 0.50 2012
114 Honduras 0.40 2012
114 Panama 0.40 1997
114 Mongolia 0.40 2010
114 Netherlands 0.40 1980
114 Brunei 0.40 2009
119 Germany 0.30 2005
119 Canada 0.30 1971
119 Brazil 0.30 2007
119 Macedonia 0.30 2011
119 Japan 0.30 2010
119 Turkey 0.30 2013
125 Colombia 0.20 2010
125 Argentina 0.20 2005
127 Guatemala 0.10 2015
127 Korea 0.10 2010
127 Swaziland 0.10 2010
127 Greece 0.10 2003
127 Peru 0.10 2014
132 Uruguay 0.00 2011
132 United States 0.00 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