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                                Child growth

                                  Overview

                                  Child malnutrition is a major public health issue worldwide.  An estimated 144 million children under age 5 are stunted, 47 million are wasted and 38.3 million are overweight or obese. Around 45% of deaths among children under 5 years of age are linked to undernutrition.

                                  Measuring the growth of infants and children is an important part of child health surveillance. Inadequate infant growth due to poor nutrition leads to under-nutrition in children in many developing countries, which, if followed later in life by an increased intake of calories, can result in overweight or obesity.

                                  The WHO Child Growth Standards are a diagnostic tool used to monitor and assess the nutritional status of infants and young children worldwide. By tracking children’s height and body weight, the standards detect children or populations not growing properly or under- or overweight, and who may require specific medical or public health responses.

                                  The WHO standards have charts for boys and girls separated, covering age birth to 5 years. They are used in doctors’ offices, clinics and other health facilities, and by research institutions, child health advocacy organizations and ministries of health

                                   

                                  45%

                                  of child deaths

                                  Undernutrition is associated with 45% of child deaths

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                                  144 million

                                  children under 5

                                  Globally, 144 million children under 5 are stunted

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                                  820 000 children

                                  could be saved

                                  Over 820 000 children could be saved yearly if all children 0-23 months were optimally breastfed.

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                                  Publications

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                                  Advocacy brief: nutrition for growth year of action: nine SMART breastfeeding pledges

                                  This advocacy brief is organized into two separate papers. The first half acts as a standalone briefing that highlights the importance of the Nutrition...

                                  Levels and trends in child malnutrition: UNICEF/WHO/The World Bank Group joint child malnutrition estimates: key findings of the 2021 edition

                                  Child malnutrition estimates for the indicators stunting, wasting, overweight and underweight describe the magnitude and patterns of under- and overnutrition....

                                  Levels and trends in child malnutrition: UNICEF/WHO/The World Bank Group joint child malnutrition estimates: key findings of the 2020 edition

                                  The inter-agency team released new joint estimates for child stunting, overweight, underweight, wasting and severe wasting (March 2020 edition) using the...

                                  Nutrition Landscape Information System (??NLiS)?? country profile indicators: interpretation guide, 2nd edition

                                  The Nutrition Landscape Information System (NLiS) was originally developed as part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Landscape Analysis...

                                  recommendations-for-data-collection-analysis-and-reporting

                                  In 2016, the WHO-UNICEF Technical Expert Advisory Group on Nutrition Monitoring (TEAM) set up a working group (WG) to establish a set of recommendations...

                                  UNICEF-WHO low birthweight estimates: levels and trends 2000-2015

                                  UNICEF and WHO, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Johns Hopkins University, developed annual country, regional...

                                  Levels and trends in child malnutrition: UNICEF/WHO/The World Bank Group joint child malnutrition estimates: key findings of the 2019 edition

                                  The inter-agency team released new joint estimates for child stunting, overweight, underweight, wasting and severe wasting (March 2019 edition) using the...

                                  global-nutrition-policy-review-2016-2017

                                  The Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016–2017 is the report of the second comprehensive analysis of nutrition-related policy environment, coordination...