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

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Figure 2. Trends in child malnutrition, by region

The chart show trends in malnutrition in 41 countries, in 4 regions covering one half of children under five years old in the developing world. Countries with under five population below one million are not included, even where trend data were available.

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa

Middle East and North Africa
Middle East and North Africa

Asia and Pacific
Asia and Pacific

Latin America and
the Caribbean
Latin America and the Caribbean

Note: Malnutrition is measured as the percentage of under-five children below -2 standard deviations of the median value for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reference population for weight-for-age. Rates have been adjusted for age; data for some countries reflect rates for the under-three population.
Source: UNICEF, 1997.

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