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Statistics about Nutrition

Nutrition
† Indicators
% of infants with low birthweight, 1999-2006* 21
% of children (2000-2006*) who are:† exclusively breastfed (<6 months) 53
% of children (2000-2006*) who are: breastfed with complementary food (6-9 months) 75
% of children (2000-2006*) who are: still breastfeeding (20-23 months) 95
% of under-fives (2000-2006*) suffering from: underweight, moderate & severe 39
% of under-fives (2000-2006*) suffering from: underweight, severe 11
% of under-fives (2000-2006*) suffering from: wasting, moderate & severe 13
% of under-fives (2000-2006*) suffering from: stunting, moderate & severe 49
"Vitamin A supplement coverage rate (6-59 months) 2005 at least one doseá (%)" 96
"Vitamin A supplement coverage rate (6-59 months) 2005 full coverage? (%)" 96
% of households consuming iodized salt 2000-2006* 63

Definitions of the indicators

Low birthweight - Less than 2,500 grams.

Underweight - Moderate and severe - below minus two standard deviations from median weight for age of reference population; severe - below minus three standard deviations from median weight for age of reference population.

Wasting - Moderate and severe - below minus two standard deviations from median weight for height of reference population.

Stunting - Moderate and severe - below minus two standard deviations from median height for age of reference population.

Vitamin A - Percentage of children aged 6-59 months who have received at least one high dose of vitamin A capsules in 2001.


Main data sources

Low birthweight - Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), other national householdsurveys and data from routine reporting systems.

Breastfeeding - DHS, MICS, and UNICEF.

Underweight, wasting and stunting - DHS, MICS, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

Salt iodization - MICS, DHS and UNICEF.

Vitamin A - UNICEF field offices and WHO.


Notes

- Data not available.

x Indicates data that refer to years or periods other than those specified in the column heading, differ from the standard definition, or refer to only part of a country.

k Refers to exclusive breastfeeding for less than 4 months.

* Data refer to the most recent year available during the period specified in the column heading.

t Identifies countries that have achieved a second round of vitamin A coverage grater than or equal to 70%.


We have used figures provided by UNICEF from their website

http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/nepal_nepal_statistics.html