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Chronic malnutrition in children

Situation

The prevalence of chronic malnutrition (stunting) among children in the poorest urban 20% households in Africa, Asia and Europe are more than twice as high, and in the Americas four times as high, as their richest 20% counterparts, respectively

Note: These results represent averages of those countries for which urban Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data were available for stunting in children during 2000–2011 (Africa=31 countries, Europe=2 countries, Americas=8 countries, Asia=9 countries). As such, they are not representative of the regions as a whole.

Source: WHO calculations based on data from DHS, 2000–2011.

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