Senegal - Prevalence of stunting, height for age (% of children under 5)

Prevalence of stunting, height for age (% of children under 5) in Senegal was 17.00 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 30 years was 34.40 in 1992, while its lowest value was 15.50 in 2012.

Definition: Prevalence of stunting is the percentage of children under age 5 whose height for age is more than two standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0-59 months. For children up to two years old height is measured by recumbent length. For older children height is measured by stature while standing. The data are based on the WHO's new child growth standards released in 2006.

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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Year Value
1986 26.50
1992 34.40
1993 33.70
1996 28.80
2000 29.50
2005 20.10
2011 28.70
2012 15.50
2013 19.20
2014 19.40
2015 20.50
2016 17.00

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


Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Nutrition