Mombasa County

Key Facts on Nutrition in Mombasa

Data on stunting (chronic malnutrition)

1 in every 5 children in Mombasa is stunted (21%) Estimated 41,190 children have chronic malnutrition. (2014 KDHS)

Why it Matters!

  • Stunting has long-term effects: Diminished cognitive (interference with school performance) and physical development (increased disabilities).
  • Overall, reduced productivity and health
  • Children who escape stunting are 33% more likely to escape poverty as adults

Data on Iron Folic Acid Supplements (IFAS)

12.9% of women of reproductive age consumed iron and folic acid supplements for more than 90 days (coast region data KDHS 2014).

Why it Matters!

  • Anemia and iron deficiency reduce individuals’ wellbeing, cause fatigue
  • and lethargy, and impair physical capacity and work performance.
  • Successful reduction in the prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age will improve
  • children’s school performance and women’s work productivity,
  • Successful reduction in the prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age will
  • improve pregnancy outcomes for mothers and infants, resulting in intergenerational benefits for individual health, well-being and economic potential and community development.

Data on wasting (acute malnutrition)

4.1% of children in Mombasa are wasted. Estimated 8,042 have acute malnutrition. (2014KDHS)

Why it Matters!

Wasting increases the risk of stunted growth, child deaths from infectious diseases, impaired cognitive development and noncommunicable diseases in adulthood

Data on Vitamin A Supplement

81.7% of children 6-59 months are supplemented twice with Vitamin A in Mombasa County. (2014KDHS)

Why it Matters!

2% of deaths among children less than five years can be prevented through Vitamin A supplementation. Supplementation also reduces childhood blindness by 70%.

Data on Obesity

48.2 % of women of reproductive age are obese (KDHS 2014).

Data on Breastfeeding

No Data

Why it Matters!

13% of infant deaths prevented by exclusive breastfeeding.

Data on Complementary feeding practices

27.9% of children 6-23 months consume more than 4 food groups per day (coast region data KDHS2014).

Why it Matters!

6% deaths among children under five years can prevent by optimal complementary feeding.