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FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Papua New Guinea 2003








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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Zimbabwe 2001 2001
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    For children under 3 years the prevalence of underweight was 15.5% in 1994. 21.4% of the children were stunted and 5.5% wasted (Table 4a). Children living in rural areas seemed to have a greater risk for underweight and stunting then their urban counterparts. The prevalence of underweight ranged from 7.1% in Bulawayo to 24% in Matabeleland North (Map 2). The prevalence of wasting ranged from 1.9% in Mashonaland East to 9.8% in Matabeleland North (Map 4). Matabeleland North, known to be dry and d rought prone also exhibited the highest prevalence of stunting (28.5%). The distributions of underweight, wasting and stunting almost coincide with the exception of the provinces Mashonaland Central and Matabeleland South, which show a greater risk for stunting than for wasting and underweight (Map 3).
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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Jamaica 2003
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    In Jamaica the anthropometric data of children under five are collected as part of the Survey of Living Conditions (SLCs) which have been carried out annually since 1989 by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (Table 4a). The 2000 survey estimated prevalence levels of 5% of underweight, 4% of stunting and 2% of wasting. The situation is likely to be different at sub-national level as in 1992 the parish of Hanover, in particular, reported 29% of stunting and 19% of underweight (Map 2, Map 3 and Map 4). When compared to the 1995 data from the Survey of Living Conditions, these results indicated an improvement for all three indicators. The prevalence of overweight (4%) did not change over the period 1990-1995, but by 2000 it increased to 5%. Again, differences are expected at the parish levels. In 1992 disparities were observed among parishes, ranging from less than 1% in St. Catherine to 4% in St. Mary (Map 5).
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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Bhutan 1999 1999
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    The lack of data in Bhutan makes a comprehensive overview of the national food and nutrition situation difficult. According to the nation-wide nutritional survey of 1986-88, the nutritional status of children (0-6 years) gave concern, as both the prevalence of underweight (37.9%) and the prevalence of stunting (56.1%) are considered to be serious public health problems according to the World Health Organization. The prevalence of wasting (4%), however, was less alarming (Table 4). Regional compa rison identifies the nutritional status of the children in Central and Western zones as better than in the Eastern and the Southern zones, which may be partly explained by the inaccessibility and remoteness of the latter zones. There is no recent national representative data available on the nutritional situation of pre-school children. The results of a survey in 1996 in one Central and two Eastern districts present the nutritional status of children under 5 similar to the 1986-88 results. Data derived from growth monitoring in the country, however, indicate a decrease in the prevalence of underweight in infants from 1992 to 1997.

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