From 2011 to 2018, the prevalence of stunting for children under five decreased slightly from 19.6% to 17%. During the same period, acute malnutrition increased from 8.5% to 9% in 2017 before decreasing to 7.8% in 2018 for children under five.
The rate of exclusive breastfeeding fell from 39% in 2010 to 33% in 2015, before increasing to 42% in 2017. At the national level, the prevalence of diarrhoea is 18% in children under five but in 2017, 16 departments had rates of 30% or more.
Anaemia remains a major public health concern, with rates in children under five rising from 66% to 71% between 2014 and 2017.
Iodine deficiency affects 28% of women and only 47% of the Senegalese population consumes adequately iodized salt.
Remote locations make it difficult for pregnant women and their children to access essential health care services, medicines and other commodities, including vitamins and minerals.