Child growth standards

WHO Anthro (version 3.2.2, January 2011) and macros

This page provides the option to download the software WHO Anthro for use on personal computers (PC) and mobile devices (MD) with Windows operating systems. In addition there are macros for the statistical software packages R, SPSS, SAS, S-Plus and STATA to facilitate survey data analysis.


The WHO Anthro software for PC has been further updated to allow users to correct for cluster sampling in the analysis of nutritional surveys. Additionally the survey module includes now the option to collect address data similarly to the individual assessment. This information can be useful for mapping and stratified analysis. Furthermore language options enable users now to change from the default English to Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian or Portuguese. The PC manual has also been updated to reflect these changes.

The software consists of three modules:

  • Anthropometric calculator
  • Individual assessment
  • Nutritional survey

Before downloading the software please read the license agreement.

To download the software and respective manuals click on the links below. We recommend users to study first the manual, in particular the description of the requirements and installation. E.g., it is essential to first install the .NET framework and then download the software.

For manual installation on mobile devices via e.g. OS X or Linux:


All five macros, i.e. the R, SAS, S-Plus, SPSS and STATA macro calculate the indicators of the attained growth standards (length/height-for-age, weight-for-age, weight-for-length, weight-for-height, body mass index-for-age, head circumference-for-age, arm circumference-for-age, triceps skinfold-for-age and subscapular skinfold-for-age).

Should you encounter problems with the download due to slow internet connection, please send your contact details to the address below and we shall mail you a CD ROM including the software and manuals.

To report any software or macro problems please make a brief bug report containing the details on:

  • The kind of problem found
  • Whether it appeared systematically or randomly
  • Where it was found on what platform (PC or Mobile), in what module interface, or in what macro
  • How it occurred, including what sequence of commands or buttons
  • What the expected result would have been
  • In case you managed to circumvent/solve the problem, how you did it

Send this brief report including the error log file to the following address:
WHO Anthro
Department of Nutrition
World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27
fax: +41 22 791 4156

Please note: This is not a helpline address.