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Fact of the week



19: In South Asia, 19 per cent of children under five are wasted, based on survey data from 2003 to 2009

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

Children who suffer from wasting (low weight for height) face a markedly increased risk of death. A number of African and Asian countries have wasting rates that exceed 15 per cent, with one region, South Asia, with an average rate of 19 per cent.

Source: UNICEF global databases, from Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and other national surveys, 2003-2009.
Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/undernutrition_status.html



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