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Last update: May 2010

Nutrition Country Profiles


The coverage and impact indicators included in the Country Profiles represent a core set of indicators to monitor progress on child and maternal nutrition.


These indicators represent long-standing, well-established survival and development indicators that are harmonized with other global monitoring efforts, including the Millennium Development Goals, the World Fit for Children, Countdown to 2015 and UNICEF’s Medium-Term Strategic Plan.


The data in these profiles reflect the most recent estimates and are harmonized with The State of the World’s Children (SOWC) Report, Special Edition - launched in November 2009 - to the extent possible.


Coverage data are largely based on national-level household surveys such as the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) as well as other sources, including administrative data. Interagency adjusted estimates, such as those for mortality (under-five mortality rate, infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate), and water/sanitation, are included in the UNICEF global databases.

For the majority of indicators, UNICEF global databases were used. Other organizations such as the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, United Nations Population Fund, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Saving Newborn Lives also provided data. Details on indicator definitions and sources can also be found here. Click the links below to download the profiles.


Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States |

East Asia and the Pacific | Eastern and Southern Africa | Latin America and the Caribbean | Middle East and North Africa | South Asia | West and Central Africa


Interpreting Infant and Young Child Feeding Area Graphs


Data Sources and Definitions of Key Indicators