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Table 1 Prevalence of acute malnutrition among children 6–59 months by anthropometric indicator (WHZ, MUACZ and MUAC), by country and region

From: Concordance between estimates of acute malnutrition measured by weight-for-height and by mid-upper arm circumference after age adjustment: population-representative surveys from humanitarian settings

RegionCountryN SurveysN children with WHZMedian Prevalence WHZ < -2 (IQR)N children with MUACZMedian Prevalence MUACZ<-2 (IQR)N children with MUACMedian Prevalence MUAC< 125 (IQR)
Latin America & CaribbeanBolivia18821.368820.918820.57
Guatemala21,4201.98 (0.38–3.58)1,4297.20 (1.33–13.07)1,4304.52 (0.19–8.85)
Haiti2413,2684.49 (3.89–4.86)13,2726.28 (4.17–7.60)13,3063.16 (2.47–3.90)
REGION TOTAL2715,5704.35 (3.76–4.85)15,5836.25 (4.15–8.07)15,6182.99 (2.20–4.10)
Middle East & North AfricaIraq15692.28 (2.28–2.28)5682.64 (2.64–2.64)5753.30 (3.30–3.30)
Jordan52,0891.23 (0.92–1.44)2,0880.83 (0.62–0.96)2,0900.96 (0.41–1.06)
Yemen31,1995.52 (3.58–16.93)1,2076.40 (2.05–9.66)1,2084.14 (2.38–6.53)
REGION TOTAL93,8572.28 (1.23–3.58)3,8631.33 (0.83–2.64)3,8731.23 (0.96–3.30)
West & Central AfricaBurkina Faso116,38712.79 (7.54–16.09)6,40616.35 (9.18–18.75)6,4167.28 (3.61–10.32)
Central African Republic138,7255.89 (5.56–7.72)8,67717.49 (14.7–20.76)8,6939.22 (7.61–9.73)
Ivory Coast16994.29 (4.29–4.29)7000.57 (0.57–0.57)7000.14 (0.14–0.14)
Cameroon136,0298.83 (6.90–11.93)6,04613.15 (8.81–14.70)6,0586.77 (4.49–7.62)
Republic of Congo5852,5457.88 (4.89–11.23)52,48815.31 (10.54–22.52)52,5577.90 (5.50–13.41)
Guinea54,0346.44 (5.47–7.69)4,0477.52 (3.52–9.48)4,0554.01 (3.16–5.64)
Liberia61,9613.41 (3.13–4.19)1,9774.81 (2.30–5.60)1,9782.61 (0.92–4.47)
Mali1510,81411.20 (8.70–16.14)10,86811.04 (5.43–15.95)10,8795.88 (2.62–7.65)
Mauritania63,67112.68 (8.77–14.81)3,6879.94 (7.42–13.21)3,6925.46 (4.45–7.90)
Niger149,79612.99 (11.40–15.77)9,77217.36 (14.94–24.31)9,7859.81 (7.25–16.18)
Nigeria296922.03 (16.25–27.81)97625.03 (14.38–35.69)98018.51 (8.71–28.31)
Sierra Leone65,4177.12 (6.43–7.40)5,40114.22 (11.15–15.78)5,4119.89 (7.67–10.67)
Chad6738,2459.76 (6.34–18.89)38,2337.62 (5.35–19.46)38,2663.76 (2.06–11.89)
REGION TOTAL217149,2929.46 (6.10–13.95)149,27813.00 (7.29–19.65)149,4706.69 (3.67–10.80)
Democratic Republic of Congo10591,0268.58 (4.97–11.44)90,98316.70 (11.48–22.60)91,15010.15 (6.93–13.85)
Eastern & Southern AfricaAngola18695.9886610.858695.29
Burundi73,4845.73 (4.23–7.08)3,4967.08 (5.90–21.71)3,4993.03 (2.08–9.61)
Djibouti51,56110.81 (10.36–13.84)1,5787.96 (7.85–11.89)1,5804.65 (3.78–5.75)
Eritrea267120.22 (18.89–21.55)6748.63 (7.76–9.51)6744.31 (4.02–4.60)
Ethiopia5526,14416.91 (8.71–21.77)25,96111.29 (7.98–17.88)25,9915.09 (3.36–8.50)
Kenya5534,03911.11 (8.05–14.51)34,1489.62 (6.84–12.78)34,1733.76 (2.81–5.28)
Madagascar83,6956.39 (3.49–7.64)3,71516.70 (11.69–20.74)3,7217.94 (5.48–10.65)
Rwanda124,4394.71 (3.68–5.84)4,4394.28 (3.43–5.75)4,4412.28 (1.83–3.48)
Somalia43,54915.55 (14.46–16.14)3,55620.86 (11.27–27.19)3,55811.27 (3.96–18.21)
South Sudan3119,83816.36 (9.31–25.16)19,86616.23 (10.26–18.66)19,8987.95 (5.60–9.52)
Tanzania52,4761.90 (1.54–2.61)2,4845.69 (4.03–5.95)2,4851.18 (0.74–3.33)
Uganda3534,0066.02 (3.92–9.43)34,01412.41 (9.51–15.68)34,0687.60 (4.31–10.33)
Zimbabwe25914.40 (4.38–4.42)59315.07 (3.36–26.78)5966.38 (2.35–10.40)
REGION TOTAL222135,36210.03 (6.20–16.87)135,39011.10 (7.48–16.19)135,5535.02 (3.11–8.24)
Sudan136117,64018.60 (13.61–22.22)117,47117.52 (13.45–21.59)117,5939.55 (6.97–12.54)
East Asia & PacificIndonesia31,59920.10 (17.93–24.58)1,59922.18 (17.87–24.16)1,5999.24 (6.53–10.91)
Myanmar1711,95818.87 (8.49–20.82)11,97326.84 (23.74–30.18)11,98514.19 (10.58–15.06)
Philippines42,9275.96 (4.74–8.67)2,9002.56 (1.93–3.51)2,8981.26 (0.95–1.62)
REGION TOTAL2416,48418.09 (6.15–20.46)16,47223.90 (13.93–28.20)16,48211.27 (5.00–14.98)
South AsiaAfghanistan5846,3977.23 (5.50–9.37)46,26815.08 (12.14–23.14)46,3269.54 (6.90–14.26)
Bangladesh4220,00213.10 (11.69–15.54)20,03113.79 (8.96–17.61)20,0615.91 (4.54–7.89)
India83,59723.76 (18.86–35.41)3,60427.10 (16.65–30.58)3,60411.19 (7.09–13.21)
Nepal126,87412.21 (6.40–17.91)6,88519.83 (4.64–32.07)6,8898.87 (2.64–16.63)
Pakistan2216,20717.87 (11.83–20.85)16,22819.26 (17.34–29.20)16,25810.55 (8.49–17.07)
REGION TOTAL14293,07711.69 (6.83–15.54)93,01616.28 (11.43–23.14)93,1388.48 (5.60–13.10)
TOTAL882622,30810.57 (6.28–16.51)622,05614.01 (8.81–19.95)622,8777.27 (4.39–11.19)
  1. MUAC Mid-upper arm circumference, MUACZ Mid-upper arm circumference-for-age Z-score, WHZ Weight-for-height Z-Score, IQR Interquartile ranges