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High rates of Stunting

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Muktar Ismail

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17 Mar 2019, 16:54

We have recently conducted SENS survey in three South Sudanese refugee camps in East Darfur, however, what shocked us was the high results of the global stunting that was ranging from 42.3% to 50.5 % in the surveyed camps which was above the WHO threshold of >40 percent of Public Health Significance.
Giving that South Sudanese are considered among the tallest people in the world, is there any other similar findings of high stunting prevalence observed in South Sudan or the neighboring countries hosting South Sudanese refugees?
Stunting can become cyclical, woman who are stunted due to chronic malnutrition are more likely to have children who will be stunted, “creating an intergenerational cycle of poverty and reduced human capital that is difficult to break,” What advice would you give to the humanitarian organization supporting the South Sudanese refugees in the midst of a conflict, to reduce the long-term impacts of malnutrition.

Bill Kinsey

African Studies Center, Leiden University

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17 Mar 2019, 23:48

Where does WHO define the threshold of >40 percent as being of public health significance?

Alessandro Iellamo

Save the Children UK

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18 Mar 2019, 02:14

please check the briefer, from there you can find the full reference

Table 1. Classification for assessing severity of malnutrition by prevalence ranges among children under 5 years of age

Indicator Severity of malnutrition by prevalence ranges (%)
Low Medium High Very high
Stunting <> 20-29 30-39 >=40
Underweight <> 10-19 20-29 >=30
Wasting <> 5-9 10-14 >=15

thanks and regards


Anonymous 3800

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18 Mar 2019, 09:06

There are new prevalence thresh holds for stunting, wasting and overweight in children

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