19 November 2014 -- Currently, the world is off track to meet all six of the WHA global nutrition targets. At current trends, the number of stunted children aged under 5 years is projected to be 128 million in 2025, against a target of 100 million. The current prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age is 29.4%, against the 2025 target of 14.7%. The rates of low birth weight remain relatively unchanged, and if the 2015 target of a 30% reduction is to be achieved, then accelerated progress is required.
19 November 2014 -- In a major step towards eradicating malnutrition worldwide, over 170 countries today made a number of concrete commitments and adopted a series of recommendations on policies and investments aimed at ensuring that all people have access to healthier and more sustainable diets. Ministers and senior officials responsible for health, food or agriculture and other aspects of nutrition adopted the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, and a Framework for Action.
19 November 2014 -- WHO, UNICEF and the European Commission have developed a web-based tracking tool to assist countries set targets and monitor progress. It complements existing tools on nutrition interventions, impact and costing. The tracking tool displays country’s updated, comparable data, status at the baseline, recent trends, and what the target would be if the global target definition was applied. For each target, it allows exploring scenarios taking into account the time left to 2025 and different rates of progress, and the corresponding country’s contribution to the achievement of the global targets.
9 October 2014 -- UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank released an updated joint data set on child stunting, underweight, overweight, wasting and severe wasting. This data set was used to derive new global and regional estimates of prevalence and numbers affected, according to various country group classifications. The outcome of this joint work include:
• Interactive dashboards enabling users to generate graphs for the time-series (1990 – 2013)
• A summary factsheet with key messages
• Data tables with global and regional prevalence and numbers affected including 95% Confidence Intervals