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Table 4 Median and interquartile range for prevalence of wasting by MUAC for surveys corresponding to existing nutritional crisis classification thresholds, by region

From: Concordance between the estimates of wasting measured by weight-for-height and by mid-upper arm circumference for classification of severity of nutrition crisis: analysis of population-representative surveys from humanitarian settings

  Prevalence of wasting by MUAC, [N] Median (IQR)
  Poor Serious Emergency Famine
  5% ± 2.5% 10% ± 2.5% 15% ± 2.5% 30% ± 2.5%
Eastern and Southern Africa [61] 4.10% (2.49–6.45) [56] 4.41% (2.89–6.96) [18] 4.12% (2.55–9.30) [7] 9.64% (7.55–14.95)
Congo, DRC [60] 5.66% (4.46–7.99) [46] 11.04% (7.75–14.30) [17] 13.86% (12.08–14.86)  
West and Central Africa [52] 3.35% (1.85–5.61) [42] 6.02% (3.61–7.22) [26] 8.29% (5.86–10.28) [3] 19.41% (16.88–20.02)
Sudan [2] 4.98% (4.51–5.46) [27] 7.49% (5.78–10.52) [28] 7.89% (5.72–9.05) [11] 16.48% (11.70–17.50)
South East Asia and Pacific [21] 5.21% (2.73–6.81) [25] 7.03% (4.64–11.85) [20] 8.03% (4.63–17.29) [1] 17.13%
All Surveysa [211] 4.51% (2.73–6.81) [200] 6.67% (4.27–10.03) [112] 8.15% (5.11–11.86) [22] 15.71% (10.28–17.50)
  5% ± 1.5% 10% ± 1.5% 15% ± 1.5% 30% ± 1.5%
Eastern and Southern Africa [40] 4.04% (2.47–7.29) [31] 5.03% (2.50–7.59) [12] 3.62% (2.35–9.31) [2] 11.25% (7.55–14.95)
Congo, DRC [37] 5.85% (4.91–8.86) [32] 11.22% (8.25–13.88) [11] 13.49% (11.9–14.86)  
West and Central Africa [32] 3.53% (1.91–5.61) [25] 6.20% (3.71–7.22) [15] 8.12% (5.56–8.78) [3] 19.41% (16.88–20.02)
Sudan [1] 5.46% [17] 7.11% (5.78–9.91) [15] 7.92% (5.17–8.90) [7] 17.00% (12.32–19.72)
South East Asia and Pacific [15] 5.21% (1.55–7.81) [15] 7.03% (4.64–11.04) [10] 6.23% (4.46–19.60)  
All Surveysa [183] 4.46% (2.58–7.25) [122] 7.06% (4.64–10.98) [64] 7.92% (4.46–11.99) [12] 16.94% (13.63–19.57)
  1. aSurveys from Latin America and Caribbean region and the Middle East North Africa region are included among “All Surveys” but not presented separately by region given small numbers of surveys per category