Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition

Joint child malnutrition estimates - Levels and trends (2016 edition)

UNICEF-WHO-The World Bank Group

In September 2016 the inter-agency team released new joint estimates of child stunting, overweight, underweight, wasting and severe wasting (2016 edition). The same methodology as in previous years was applied. These new estimates supersede former analyses results published by UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank Group.

Given that country data are at maximum available from surveys conducted in the year previous to when the modelling exercise takes place, in 2016 the joint estimates were derived up to 2015 with extrapolation for stunting until 2025.



  • Click here to open the interactive dashboard

    The dashboard generates graphs and charts, using the latest joint estimates for stunting, overweight, wasting and severe wasting. Prevalence and numbers are presented by different country groupings (UN, MDG, UNICEF, WHO, World Bank income groups and World Bank regions).

  • Download the 2016 joint data set
    xlsx, 233kb


    This data set consists of 789 national survey data which were standardized for analysis purpose. Estimates are adjusted where necessary to be nationally representative and to cover the age range 0-5 years. The adjustments are specified in the Notes column. As a result of making these adjustments, prevalence might be slightly different from the survey results reported elsewhere.

Click links below to open and download tables and interactive graphs presenting prevalence trend estimates and numbers affected.

Child wasting and severe wasting are very sensitive to change and thus only latest estimates are shown in the interactive dashboard.