Nigeria - Prevalence of anemia among children (% of children under 5)
Prevalence of anemia among children (% of children under 5) in Nigeria was 68.30 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 26 years was 79.80 in 1991, while its lowest value was 68.30 in 2016.
Definition: Prevalence of anemia, children under age 5, is the percentage of children under age 5 whose hemoglobin level is less than 110 grams per liter at sea level.
Source: World Health Organization, Global Health Observatory Data Repository/World Health Statistics (http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.1?lang=en).
Limitations and Exceptions: Data for blood haemoglobin concentrations are still limited, compared to other nutritional indicators such as hild anthropometry. As a result, the estimates may not capture the full variation across countries and regions.
Statistical Concept and Methodology: Data on anemia are compiled by the WHO, and a statistical model was used to estimate trends. WHO’s hemoglobin threshold concentration in blood was used.
Aggregation method: Weighted average
General Comments: Anemia is defined as a low blood haemoglobin concentration. Anaemia may result from a number of causes, with the most significant contributor being iron deficiency. Anaemia resulting from iron deficiency adversely affects cognitive and motor development a
Topic: Health Indicators