Malnutrition and poverty are prevalent in Nigeria, despite its growth.
As UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Report reveals, our work in Nigeria comes not a moment too soon. According to the report:
- The child mortality rate in Nigeria for children under five was 117 per 1,000 in 2013
- The country ranks #9 in under-five mortality
- Only 70% of the population received vitamin A supplementation in 2013
The 2013 Demographic & Health Survey discloses more concerning information as well:
- 37% of children under five are stunted (as a result of chronic malnutrition)
- 18% of children are wasted (as a result of from acute malnutrition)
- 29% are underweight
- Only 10% of children age 6-23 months are fed appropriately based on recommended infant and young child feeding practices
The benefits of reduced malnutrition extend beyond one’s health: if more of Nigeria’s citizens are healthier, they’ll be better posed to address and eventually eradicate the cycles of poverty and hunger.