The State of the World's Children 1998: Focus on Nutrition

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Figure 1. Malnutrition and child mortality

If a child is even mildly underweight, the mortality risk is increased. WHO estimates that malnutrition was associated with over half of all child deaths that occurred in developing countries in 1995.

Malnutrition and child mortality

Source: WHO, based on C.J.L. Murray and A.D. Lopez, The Global Burden of Disease, Harvard University Press, Cambridge (USA) 1996 and 'Epidemiological evidence for a potentiating effect of malnutrition on child mortality' in American Journal of Public Health 1993-83.

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