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Table 4 Prevalences of global acute malnutrition produced by each indicator (WHZ, MUACZ and MUAC) by age group and by 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

RegionMedian Prevalence WHZ < − 2Median Prevalence MUACZ<-2Median Prevalence MUAC < 125 mm
Age 6–23 months [N] % (IQR)Age 24–59 months [N] % (IQR)Age 6–23 months [N] % (IQR)Age 24–59 months [N] % (IQR)Age 6–23 months [N] % (IQR)Age 24–59 months [N] % (IQR)
Latin America & Caribbean[5,830] 5.65 (4.18–6.96)[9,740] 3.21 (2.09–3.89)[5,837] 4.88 (3.76–8.40)[9,746] 6.29 (3.92–8.93)[5,852] 5.51 (3.74–8.92)[9,766] 1.48 (0.77–2.38)
Middle East & North Africa[1,400] 2.11 (0.88–4.76)[2,457] 1.60 (1.11–3.14)[1,409] 3.45 (0.88–5.70)[2,454] 0.95 (0.37–1.09)[1,410] 2.76 (2.63–6.22)[2,463] 0.47 (0.00–0.94)
West & Central Africa[53,008] 12.10 (7.79–18.28)[96,284] 7.42 (4.36–11.44)[52,882] 12.75 (7.59–19.46)[96,396] 12.45 (7.00–20.41)[52,977] 13.96 (7.95–21.27)[96,493] 2.75 (0.96–5.69)
Democratic Republic of Congo[34,280] 9.42 (5.76–13.81)[56,746] 6.81 (4.37–10.30)[34,232] 15.86 (12.07–21.99)[56,751] 16.31 (11.78–23.08)[34,319] 17.84 (13.22–24.08)[56,831] 5.01 (2.79–7.31)
Eastern & Southern Africa[49,039] 10.60 (7.91–16.30)[86,323] 9.36 (4.76–17.18)[48,961] 9.77 (5.84–14.71)[86,429] 11.43 (7.43–16.84)[49,029] 10.76 (6.31–16.22)[86,524] 1.76 (0.74–3.40)
Sudan[39,888] 22.84 (16.76–29.68)[77,752] 16.22 (10.52–19.38)[39,607] 19.98 (14.26–25.91)[77,864] 16.44 (12.06–20.68)[39,685] 21.42 (16.36–29.41)[77,908] 2.85 (1.80–5.12)
East Asia & Pacific[5,757] 22.49 (10.58–27.10)[10,727] 13.83 (4.18–16.72)[5,728] 20.96 (10.91–26.57)[10,744] 25.90 (14.14–29.72)[5,733] 22.08 (9.72–30.67)[10,749] 4.56 (1.61–6.90)
South Asia[32,422] 14.82 (8.97–21.74)[60,655] 8.48 (5.15–13.95)[32,226] 17.49 (11.38–25.26)[60,790] 15.18 (10.18–21.12)[32,313] 18.47 (12.55–27.29)[60,825] 3.06 (1.68–5.19)
TOTAL[221,624] 12.72 (8.17–20.67)[400,684] 8.73 (4.80–14.74)[220,882] 13.92 (8.56–20.22)[40,1174] 13.41 (8.56–20.22)[221,318] 15.32 (9.17–22.80)[401,559] 2.75 (1.31–5.01)
  1. MUAC Mid-upper arm circumference, MUACZ Mid-upper arm circumference-for-age Z-score, WHZ Weight-for-height Z-Score, IQR interquartile range