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Fact of the week



129 million: The number of under-fives in developing regions who are underweight for their age is 129 million

Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Target: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger 

Undernutrition, as measured by underweight prevalence among under-fives in developing countries, has declined in all developing regions since 1990. 

However, disparities in underweight prevalence continue to persist in the developing world, with South Asia having the highest underweight prevalence at 42 per cent.

Source: Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), other national household surveys, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF





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