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Roukaya Ibrahim (20 months) eating high nutrient peanut paste, a therapeutic food supplement, that she received at a Save the Children therapeutic feeding centre in Guindaoua, in the Tessaoua region of Niger. Roukaya has a Z-Score of -3, the lowest possible, indicating that she is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. (Nyani Quarmyne/Save The Children/Nyani Quarmyne/Save The Children)
Roukaya Ibrahim (20 months) eating high nutrient peanut paste, a therapeutic food supplement, that she received at a Save the Children therapeutic feeding centre in Guindaoua, in the Tessaoua region of Niger. Roukaya has a Z-Score of -3, the lowest possible, indicating that she is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. (Nyani Quarmyne/Save The Children/Nyani Quarmyne/Save The Children)

Infographic: Data behind Africa's underweight children Add to ...





While the prevalence of underweight preschool children has decreased for many African regions, western Africa (in teal, below) is expected to have the highest prevelance on the continent by 2020.
Estimated prevalence of underweight preschool children - African regions

SOURCE: The World Health Organization

Africa's rate overall (in red, below) has barely registered a change over the past 20 years, declining from 21.5 per cent in 1990 to 19.3 per cent by 2010. Meanwhile, among developing nations (in blue, below), the prevalence of underweight preschool children has decreased in by more than 10 per cent.

Estimated prevalence of underweight preschool children - Worldwide

SOURCE: The World Health Organization





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