Laikipia West.docx - Laikipia West The estimated prevalence of children underweight is 20.1 out of which 5.3 being severely underweight The prevalence

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Laikipia West. The estimated prevalence of children underweight is 20.1% out of which 5.3% being severely underweight. The prevalence of stunted growth is 25.1 out of 5.9 are classified as severely stunted whereas prevalence of wasted was 4.4 percent. According to the Nutritional Survey (Laikipia Smart Survey 2017) conducted in the county by the Department Health in July 2017, Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate was 11.4 per cent while the Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) rate was 2.2 per cent and Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) was 9.2%. The overall prevalence of GAM denotes serious malnutrition that is below the emergency threshold according to the WHO benchmarks. The Middle Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) findings showed that 2.7 per cent of the under-fives were at the risk of malnutrition. The causes of malnutrition are poor dietary diversity, Suboptimal infant and young child feeding practices, poor hygiene and sanitation and low access to essential nutrition services.
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