MDG 1: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Updated February 2013
Target 1C. Halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
Globally, there is evidence of improvements in children's nutritional status. The percentage of underweight children is estimated to have declined from 25% in 1990 to 16% in 2011. Stunting in children under five years of age has decreased globally from 40% to 26% over the same period. In Asia, the number of stunted children is estimated to have halved between 1990 (189 million) and 2011 (96 million). However, in Africa the number of stunted children is projected to increase from 46 million in 1990 to 56 million in 2011. Despite these overall gains, around 101 million of children under five were estimated to be underweight in 2011.
WHO is working with countries:
- to build capacity in using standard growth assessment tools;
- to assist in planning and conducting nutritional surveys;
- to support the analysis and interpretation of nutritional survey results;
- to support the development of nutritional surveillance systems;
- to ensure that nutrition is an integral part of care and support for people with HIV and TB;
- to develop national nutrition plans and policies; and
- to strengthen the delivery of essential nutrition actions.
Launch of WHO's financing dialogue
WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020