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Indicator name

2.2.2. Prevalence of malnutrition (weight for height >+2 or <-2 standard deviation from the median of the WHO Child Growth Standards) among children under 5 years of age, by type (wasting and overweight)

Target name

2.2: By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons


2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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Unit of measurement



Prevalence of overweight (weight for height >+2 or <-2 SD standard deviation from the median of the World Health Organization (WHO) Child Growth Standards) among children under 5 years of age.


For a well-nourished population, there is a reference distribution of height and weight for children under 5. The reference population used in this report is based on WHO Child Growth Standards 89. The malnutrition of population can be measured by comparing children with this reference population. Each of three indicators - weight for age, height for age and weight for growth - can be expressed in units of standard deviation (z-score) based on the reference population median.

Rationale and interpretation

Weight for height can be used to estimate wasting or overweight. If weight for height of a child is below median of the reference population by more than two standard deviations, s/he classified as moderately or severely wasted child, by more than three standard deviations, as severely wasted. Malnutrition is usually the result of low nutrient intake or diseases. The prevalence of wasting can vary from season to season due to changes in food availability and/or spread of diseases. If weight for height of a child is above median of the reference population by more than two standard deviations, s/he classified as moderately or severely overweight child.

Method of computation

Household survey collects anthropometric measurements at the individual level. Survey estimates are obtained using a standardized methodology applying WHO Child Growth Standards, as described in another source (WHO Anthro/Anthro software manual). Global and regional estimates are based on the methodology outlined in “Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates-Levels and Trends (UNICEF/WHO / WB-2012)”.

Comments and limitations

Only data that have passed data quality control is used for estimates. Any technical errors, such as measurement errors, recording errors are excluded from calculations at all levels: country, regional and global.

Quality assurance

Data quality control ensured at all survey stages: toolset design, sampling, training, interview techniques, data control with weekly production of data quality tables, calculation of weights, calculation of indicators, report preparation. The audit was conducted by experts from UNICEF country, regional and headquarters offices. When calculating the indicator no imputation of missing values is applied.

Data availability and gaps

Availability of country assessments in accordance with the UNICEF MICS international rounds.


Estimates refer to the age group of children under 5 years, sexes combined and disaggregated at national and sub national level by area, sex, age groups, wealth quintile, mothers’ education.

Comparability with international data/standards

Data are collected and calculated in accordance with international standards and are comparable across countries.

References and documentation;;; United Nations Children’s Fund, World Health Organization, The World Bank (2012). UNICEFWHO-World KR National SDG Reporting Platform:

Data sources

«On the situation of children and women» Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey conducted in the Kyrgyz Republic in accordance with the rounds of MICS international household survey.

Data collection methods

Sample Household Survey «On the situation of children and women», includes “Anthropometric measurements of children under 5” module.

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National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz republic (Household Statistics Division) under the UNICEF MICS global programme

Contact person(s)/focal point

Kerimalieva N.K.

Contact person's email

Contact person's phone

(0312) 32 46 91

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