Smart Survey Results On Malnutrition Is Out


The County Government of Laikipia represented by Laikipia Health Service - LHS and the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Laikipia County and the NDMA, in collaboration with Action Against Hunger (ACF) conducted a SMART Survey to determine the prevalence of acute and chronic malnutrition amongst children aged 6-59 months in Laikipia County.


The survey took place in the months of November / early December 2022.


The survey results were disseminated today in a meeting co-chaired by the CECM Health Albert Taiti and the Laikipia County Commissioner Samuel Kanyiri.


The survey found a prevalence of malnutrition as follows:


  • Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) at 13.9% (Male 13.8%; Female 14.1%)
  • Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) at 11.8% (Male 11.5%; Female 12.2%)
  • Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) at 2.1% (Male 2.3%; Female 1.9%)


Chronic Malnutrition has also shot up since the last time it was assessed in 2017. This survey found 28% of children underweight and 31.7% stunted compared to 20%.and 25% respectively in 2017.


The representative organizations validated the report and agreed on joint actions to curb malnutrition.

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