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Middle East/North Africa

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*
Middle East/North Africa
Djibouti126183.8on track2613--75-
Iran (Islamic Republic of)3811--1557x44-94
Iraq12516-3.6no progress2261512-40
Jordan2744.7on track9210x27-88
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya205x--15x3x7x--90x
Occupied Palestinian Territory2445.3on track93929k-65
Oman13184.2on track1078--61
Saudi Arabia2714--201111x31k--
Sudan9141-2.4no progress43163116341
Syrian Arab Republic1678.9on track184681k-79
Tunisia2548.4on track122747-97
United Arab Emirates814x--17x15x15x34x,k--
Yemen11146-3.6no progress531232x123630


–  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.