Thursday, February 21, 2008

Height census illustrates where malnutrion exists

A tidbit found on the website of the US Embassy for El Salvador describes a census of the height of school children which provides an insight into patterns of malnutrition in the country:

The results of the Third Height Census, carried out in 5,361 public and private schools on April 25, 2007, showed a national chronic malnutrition rate of 15.5% in students age 6-9 years, an improvement of four percentage points compared to the 2000 Height Census.

According to the study, the departments with the highest rate of chronic malnutrition were:

* Morazán 28.1%
* Ahuachapán 27.1%
* Cuscatlán 25.8%
* Sonsonate 24.9%

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