WASTING: THE FACTS
In order to reach more children where it is most urgently needed, we must understand the scale of the wasting problem. The below provides more about what we know, and links to further information on the topic.
Malnutrition serves as the underlying cause of almost 50% of child deaths
49.5 million children under 5 years old (7.3% of children around the world) were affected by wasting in 2018. This has barely budged from 52 million in 2011.
UNICEF-WHO-The World Bank: Joint child malnutrition estimates
Children suffering from wasting are up to 11 times more likely to die than their healthy peers
Less than 20% of children suffering from wasting are able to access the treatment they need
Calculated based on: SAM: UNICEF Nutridash. 2016 Edition. MAM: WFP data for 2016.
The governments from 193 countries promised to reduce and maintain childhood wasting to less than 5% by 2025
For more information about wasting visit www.acutemalnutrition.org - a global hub of information for acute malnutrition, supported by No Wasted Lives.