Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates, published by UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank
The joint estimates, published by UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank, cover indicators of stunting, wasting, severe wasting and overweight, among children under-five. The numbers reveal insufficient progress to reach the nutrition targets endorsed by the World Health Assembly and the Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030.
The report covers measures of child malnutrition used to track progress towards the child nutrition targets of Sustainable Development Goal 2. The estimates indicate that global progress in stunting has been steady. However, this decline is not rapid enough to reach nutrition targets. Meanwhile, 49 million children are wasted and the number of overweight children worldwide has seen no decline in more than a decade.
These new estimates suggest that progress is possible. However, they also indicate that we are far from a world without malnutrition – in all its forms – and that current efforts need to be scaled up if global nutrition targets for children are to be met.
To accompany the launch, UNICEF has released an updated database with various malnutrition indicators at the national and disaggregated levels. An interactive visualization allows you to compare various regional trends.
Malnutrition rates remain alarming: stunting is declining too slowly while wasting and overweight remains worrying among children under 5 yrs. New @UNICEF @Worldbank @WHO joint malnutrition estimates released. https://t.co/beYu4dK8iF #foreverychild healthy nutrition pic.twitter.com/IZjj3bF7s5
— UNICEF Data (@UNICEFData) April 5, 2019