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Statistical tables

Child Nutrition Statistics By Region
Countries and territories U5MR 2004 % of under-fives (1996-2005) suffering from: Other indicators
under- weight* AARR 1990- 2004 Progress towards the MDG stunting* wasting* % of infants with low birth- weight 1998- 2004* % of children exclusively breastfed (<6 months) 1996- 2004* Vitamin A supple- men- tation (6-59 months) 2003 % of house- holds con- suming iodized salt 1998- 2004*
Regional summaries
Developing countries87271.7insufficient3110173661**69
East Asia/Pacific36153.6on track19-74373**85
Eastern/ Southern Africa149290no progress41714416860
Industrialized countries6-----7---
Latin America/ Caribbean3173.8on track1629--86
Least developed countries155361.1insufficient421019347653
Middle East/North Africa5617-1.6no progress2381529-58
South Asia92461.7insufficient441531385849
Sub-Saharan Africa171280.8insufficient38914306464
West/Central Africa191281.6insufficient351015206068


–  Data were not available or were insufficient to estimate trends.
* Moderate and severe levels of underweight, stunting and wasting. Data refer to the most recent year available during the period 1996-2005. For other indicators, data refer to the most recent year available during the period shown in the column heading.

AARR  Average annual rate of reduction (%) in underweight prevalence. Regions are classified according to the same thresholds as in the Child Nutrition map (PDF). Note that the threshold described for countries and territories on track to reach the target does not apply at the regional level. Thus, CEE/CIS is not classified - underweight prevalence in this region is 5 per cent but there are insufficient data to calculate the AARR.

** This figure does not include China.

x Data refer to years or periods other than those specified in the column heading, differ from the standard definition, or refer to only part of a country.

k Data refer to exclusive breastfeeding for less than four months.

t Country has achieved a second round of vitamin A coverage greater than or equal to 70 per cent.

w Country's vitamin A supplementation programme does not target children up to 59 months of age.