Mapping child growth failure across low- and middle-income countries

Kinyoki, Damaris K, Osgood-Zimmerman, Aaron E, Pickering, Brandon V, Schaeffer, Lauren E, Marczak, Laurie B, Lazzar-Atwood, Alice, Collison, Michael L, Henry, Nathaniel J, Abede, Zegeye, Adamu, Abdu A, Adekanmbi, Victor, Ahmandi, Keivan, Ajumobi, Olufemi, Al-Eyadhy, Ayman, Deribe, Kebede, Local Burden of Disease Child Growth Failure, and others, (2020) Mapping child growth failure across low- and middle-income countries. Nature, 577 (7789). pp. 231-234. ISSN 0028-0836

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Abstract

Child growth failure (CGF), manifested as stunting, wasting, and underweight, is associated with high 5 mortality and increased risks of cognitive, physical, and metabolic impairments. Children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) face the highest levels of CGF globally. Here we illustrate national and subnational variation of under-5 CGF indicators across LMICs, providing 2000–2017 annual estimates mapped at a high spatial resolution and aggregated to policy-relevant administrative units and national levels. Despite remarkable declines over the study period, many LMICs remain far from the World Health 10 Organization’s ambitious Global Nutrition Targets to reduce stunting by 40% and wasting to less than 5% by 2025. Large disparities in prevalence and rates of progress exist across regions, countries, and within countries; our maps identify areas where high prevalence persists even within nations otherwise succeeding in reducing overall CGF prevalence. By highlighting where subnational disparities exist and the highest-need populations reside, these geospatial estimates can support policy-makers in planning locally 15 tailored interventions and efficient directing of resources to accelerate progress in reducing CGF and its health implications.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Research Centres and Groups: Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research
Depositing User: Manuela Mcdermid
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2020 08:48
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2020 09:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89458

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