Childhood stunting

Childhood stunting

Prevalence rate (%) of stunting in children 0 to 59 months of age based on height-for-age z-score less than -2 standard deviations of the median of the standard population (WHO 2006)

Unit Description: 
Percentage
Numerator: 
Number of children 0 to 59 months of age that meet the criteria for stunting
Denominator: 
Total number of children 0 to 59 months of age surveyed
Disaggregation: 
Geographical area, age, sex
Threshold / Standard: 
WHO TRS 854. Severity classification: 20,30,40 %
General guidance: 
Should be based on a methodologically solid anthropometric nutrition survey finding and include Confidence Intervals
Guidance on phases: 
preparatory; Phase III and IV
Phase applicability: 
Pre-crisis/Baseline
Phase 3
Phase 4
Guidance for pre-crisis/baseline: 
Aim should be to assess stunting in the entire age group 0-59 months
Data Sources: 
Population-based surveys with representative sampling methods (MICS, DHS, SMART)
Comments: 
Disaggregation by sex and age group should be aimed for and results should be analysed. Note: if surveys being undertaken include 0-59 then use this age group - if not - and the survey is including 6-59 then we may use 6-59. Ideally the Proportion of should be adjusted for 0-59 months)
Code: 
N-007
Sub-domain: 
N1 Prevention and Management of Acute Malnutrition
Unit of Measurement: 
Individual
Key indicator: 
Yes
Types: 
Baseline
Outcome
Indicator used for response monitoring ?: 
Yes
Global Clusters: 
Nutrition
Sector cross-tagging: 
F1 Food Assistance
F2 Livelihood Assistance
F3 Food Access
F4 Income Access
H2 Child health
H4.2 Maternal and newborn care
W1 Hygiene Promotion
W2 Water Supply
W3 Excreta Disposal
W4 Vector Control
W7 Aggravating Factors