WHO Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition
"We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the foundation of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made and his senses are being developed.
To him we cannot answer "Tomorrow". His name is "Today"."
Gabriela Mistral, 1948
In 1986, the World Health Organization’s global surveillance system for monitoring patterns and trends in child growth and malnutrition was established by the consolidation of the (WHO) Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition.
The global database is a standardized compilation of child growth and malnutrition data from nutritional surveys conducted around the world since 1960. Scientists have been using growth assessment because it best defines the health and nutritional status of children while serving as a useful indirect measurement of a population's overall socioeconomic status.