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West/Central 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*
West/Central Africa
Benin152234.1on track318163898t72
Burkina Faso19238-1.4no progress3919191995t45
Cameroon14918-2.3no progress32511218661
Cape Verde36-----1357k-0x
Central African Republic19324-0.6no progress39914178486
Congo108144.4on track194-4k89-
Congo, Dem. Rep. of the205311.7insufficient3813122480t72
Côte d'Ivoire194173.2on track217175-31
Equatorial Guinea20419--3971324-20x
Gambia1221710.8on track1981726918
Mauritania125324on track3513-20-2
Niger259400.2no progress40141319515
Sao Tome and Principe11813--2942056-74
Sierra Leone283270.5no progress341023484t23


–  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.