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

Definition: Prevalence of severe wasting is the proportion of children 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. Adjusted, comparable data are available at http://www.who.int/nutgr

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

Find indicator:
Rank Country Value Year
1 Djibouti 9.10 2012
2 Niger 6.90 2012
3 Indonesia 6.70 2013
4 Papua New Guinea 6.50 2011
5 Mali 6.00 2006
6 Albania 5.90 2009
6 Burkina Faso 5.90 2010
8 Madagascar 5.60 2004
9 Syrian Arab Republic 5.50 2009
10 Yemen 5.30 2013
11 Somalia 5.20 2009
12 Egypt 4.80 2014
13 India 4.60 2014
14 Saudi Arabia 4.50 2005
14 Sudan 4.50 2014
16 Comoros 4.40 2012
17 The Gambia 4.30 2013
17 Angola 4.30 2007
17 Sierra Leone 4.30 2013
20 Eritrea 4.20 2010
20 Chad 4.20 2015
22 Tajikistan 4.10 2012
23 South Africa 4.00 2004
24 Ukraine 3.80 2000
25 Iraq 3.60 2011
26 Afghanistan 3.50 2004
27 Pakistan 3.30 2012
28 Bangladesh 3.20 2014
28 Botswana 3.20 2007
28 Nepal 3.20 2014
31 Sri Lanka 3.00 2012
32 Lebanon 2.90 2004
32 Libya 2.90 2007
34 Philippines 2.80 2013
34 Dem. Rep. Congo 2.80 2013
34 Namibia 2.80 2013
37 Congo 2.60 2015
38 Ethiopia 2.50 2014
38 Zambia 2.50 2013
40 Cambodia 2.40 2014
40 Oman 2.40 2014
42 Mozambique 2.30 2011
43 Thailand 2.20 2012
44 Turkmenistan 2.10 2006
44 Myanmar 2.10 2009
44 Tonga 2.10 2012
47 Nigeria 2.00 2014
47 Bhutan 2.00 2010
47 Liberia 2.00 2013
47 Barbados 2.00 2012
47 Fiji 2.00 2004
47 Armenia 2.00 2010
53 Lao PDR 1.90 2011
53 Central African Republic 1.90 2010
53 Mauritania 1.90 2012
53 Timor-Leste 1.90 2013
57 Côte d'Ivoire 1.80 2012
58 Guyana 1.70 2014
58 Uzbekistan 1.70 2006
58 Tunisia 1.70 2012
58 Equatorial Guinea 1.70 2010
58 Kazakhstan 1.70 2010
63 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.60 2012
64 Uganda 1.50 2011
64 Vietnam 1.50 2010
64 Togo 1.50 2014
67 Solomon Islands 1.40 2007
67 Algeria 1.40 2012
67 Guinea-Bissau 1.40 2014
67 Burundi 1.40 2010
71 Cameroon 1.30 2014
71 Bulgaria 1.30 2004
71 Guinea 1.30 2012
71 Tanzania 1.30 2010
71 Haiti 1.30 2012
71 Gabon 1.30 2012
77 Montenegro 1.20 2013
77 Seychelles 1.20 2012
77 Belize 1.20 2011
80 Azerbaijan 1.10 2013
80 Vanuatu 1.10 2013
80 Jamaica 1.10 2004
80 Malawi 1.10 2014
80 Serbia 1.10 2014
85 Rwanda 1.00 2010
85 Czech Republic 1.00 2001
85 Morocco 1.00 2011
88 Tuvalu 0.90 2007
88 Kenya 0.90 2014
88 Trinidad and Tobago 0.90 2000
88 Benin 0.90 2014
92 Kyrgyz Republic 0.80 2014
92 Suriname 0.80 2010
92 São Tomé and Principe 0.80 2014
92 Dominican Republic 0.80 2013
96 Zimbabwe 0.70 2014
96 Ghana 0.70 2014
96 Jordan 0.70 2012
96 St. Lucia 0.70 2012
96 Hungary 0.70 1984
96 Romania 0.70 2002
96 Ecuador 0.70 2012
96 Senegal 0.70 2014
96 China 0.70 2010
105 Belarus 0.60 2005
105 Lesotho 0.60 2014
105 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 0.60 2012
105 Georgia 0.60 2009
105 Kuwait 0.60 2014
110 Singapore 0.50 2000
110 Moldova 0.50 2012
110 Bolivia 0.50 2008
110 Nicaragua 0.50 2006
114 Brunei 0.40 2009
114 El Salvador 0.40 2014
114 Brazil 0.40 2007
114 Paraguay 0.40 2012
114 Turkey 0.40 2013
114 Mexico 0.40 2012
114 Mongolia 0.40 2013
114 Swaziland 0.40 2014
122 Panama 0.30 2008
122 Netherlands 0.30 1980
122 Honduras 0.30 2012
125 Colombia 0.20 2010
125 Argentina 0.20 2005
125 Japan 0.20 2010
125 Greece 0.20 2003
125 Macedonia 0.20 2011
125 Canada 0.20 1971
125 Nauru 0.20 2007
132 Korea 0.10 2010
132 Peru 0.10 2014
132 Germany 0.10 2005
132 Guatemala 0.10 2015
136 Uruguay 0.00 2011
136 United States 0.00 2012
136 Australia 0.00 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