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: 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 Djibouti 9.10 2012
2 India 7.50 2015
3 Indonesia 6.70 2013
4 Papua New Guinea 6.50 2010
5 Albania 5.90 2009
6 Madagascar 5.60 2004
7 Syrian Arab Republic 5.50 2009
8 Yemen 5.20 2013
8 Somalia 5.20 2009
10 Egypt 4.80 2014
11 Saudi Arabia 4.50 2005
11 Sudan 4.50 2014
13 Comoros 4.40 2012
14 The Gambia 4.30 2013
14 Sierra Leone 4.30 2013
16 Chad 4.20 2015
16 Eritrea 4.20 2010
18 Tajikistan 4.10 2012
19 Afghanistan 4.00 2013
20 Ukraine 3.80 2000
21 Iraq 3.60 2011
22 Mauritania 3.50 2015
23 Mali 3.40 2015
24 Pakistan 3.30 2012
25 Botswana 3.20 2007
26 Bangladesh 3.10 2014
26 Solomon Islands 3.10 2015
28 Sri Lanka 3.00 2016
29 Nigeria 2.90 2016
29 Lebanon 2.90 2004
29 Guinea 2.90 2016
29 Libya 2.90 2007
29 Ethiopia 2.90 2016
34 Namibia 2.80 2013
34 Dem. Rep. Congo 2.80 2013
36 Congo 2.60 2015
37 Zambia 2.50 2013
38 Oman 2.40 2014
38 Philippines 2.40 2011
40 Mozambique 2.30 2011
40 Cambodia 2.30 2014
42 Trinidad and Tobago 2.10 2011
42 Tonga 2.10 2012
44 Bhutan 2.00 2010
44 Barbados 2.00 2012
44 Liberia 2.00 2013
44 Fiji 2.00 2004
48 Lao PDR 1.90 2011
48 Niger 1.90 2016
48 Central African Republic 1.90 2010
48 Timor-Leste 1.90 2013
52 Nepal 1.80 2016
53 Tunisia 1.70 2012
53 Guyana 1.70 2014
53 Uzbekistan 1.70 2006
53 Equatorial Guinea 1.70 2011
57 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.60 2012
58 Armenia 1.50 2016
58 Togo 1.50 2014
60 Iran 1.40 2011
60 Burkina Faso 1.40 2016
60 Algeria 1.40 2012
60 Guinea-Bissau 1.40 2014
60 Thailand 1.40 2016
60 Vietnam 1.40 2015
66 Myanmar 1.30 2016
66 Cameroon 1.30 2014
66 Bulgaria 1.30 2004
66 Gabon 1.30 2012
66 Haiti 1.30 2012
66 Uganda 1.30 2016
72 Tanzania 1.20 2015
72 Seychelles 1.20 2012
72 Montenegro 1.20 2013
72 Senegal 1.20 2016
72 Côte d'Ivoire 1.20 2016
77 Samoa 1.10 2014
77 Serbia 1.10 2014
77 Vanuatu 1.10 2013
77 Turkmenistan 1.10 2015
77 Azerbaijan 1.10 2013
77 Kazakhstan 1.10 2015
77 Jamaica 1.10 2004
84 Zimbabwe 1.00 2015
84 Angola 1.00 2016
84 Morocco 1.00 2011
84 Czech Republic 1.00 2001
88 Benin 0.90 2014
88 Kenya 0.90 2014
88 Burundi 0.90 2016
88 Tuvalu 0.90 2007
88 Bolivia 0.90 2016
93 Suriname 0.80 2010
93 Dominican Republic 0.80 2013
93 São Tomé and Principe 0.80 2014
93 Kyrgyz Republic 0.80 2014
97 Nicaragua 0.70 2012
97 Jordan 0.70 2012
97 China 0.70 2010
97 Ghana 0.70 2014
97 Romania 0.70 2002
97 St. Lucia 0.70 2012
103 Georgia 0.60 2009
103 Belarus 0.60 2005
103 Ecuador 0.60 2014
103 Kuwait 0.60 2014
103 South Africa 0.60 2016
103 Peru 0.60 2016
103 Malawi 0.60 2015
103 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 0.60 2012
103 Lesotho 0.60 2014
103 Rwanda 0.60 2015
113 Singapore 0.50 2000
113 Belize 0.50 2015
113 Moldova 0.50 2012
116 Paraguay 0.40 2016
116 Turkey 0.40 2013
116 Brunei 0.40 2009
116 Mongolia 0.40 2013
116 Brazil 0.40 2007
116 Eswatini 0.40 2014
116 Mexico 0.40 2015
116 El Salvador 0.40 2014
124 Honduras 0.30 2012
124 Panama 0.30 2008
126 Argentina 0.20 2005
126 North Macedonia 0.20 2011
126 Nauru 0.20 2007
126 Japan 0.20 2010
126 Colombia 0.20 2010
131 Germany 0.10 2005
131 Guatemala 0.10 2015
131 Korea 0.10 2010
134 Australia 0.00 2007
134 Uruguay 0.00 2011
134 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