Minimum Dietary Diversity - Children (MDD-C)

Outcome indicator

Indicator Phrasing

% of children 6-23 months of age who received foods from ≥ 4 food groups the previous day or night
% d'enfants âgés de 6 à 23 mois ayant consommé des aliments appartenant à au moins 4 groupes d’aliments distincts le jour ou la nuit précédents
% dětí ve věku 6-23 měsíců, které v uplynulém dni a noci konzumovaly jídlo z alespoň 4 potravinových skupin

Indicator Phrasing

English: % of children 6-23 months of age who received foods from ≥ 4 food groups the previous day or night

French: % d'enfants âgés de 6 à 23 mois ayant consommé des aliments appartenant à au moins 4 groupes d’aliments distincts le jour ou la nuit précédents

Czech: % dětí ve věku 6-23 měsíců, které v uplynulém dni a noci konzumovaly jídlo z alespoň 4 potravinových skupin

What is its purpose?

MDD-C assesses the proportion of children 6-23 months of age who have consumed at least four out of seven pre-defined food groups the previous day or night. It is an indicator of a diet's micronutrient adequacy, an important dimension of its quality.

How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data

The indicator uses Individual Dietary Diversity Score (IDDS) data - see guidance in the relevant indicator. A child's diet meets "minimum diversity" when the IDD score reaches at least 4 points (i.e. foods from at least 4 groups were eaten).

  

Calculate the indicator's value by dividing the number of children aged 6-23.99 months who received foods from ≥ 4 food groups the previous day or night by the total number of surveyed children aged 6-23.99 months (exclude those where "does not know" answer was provided) and multiplying the result by 100.

Important Comments

1) Please read important comments included in the IDDS indicator page.

 

2) Disaggregate the data by sex and age group.

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