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Kuwait Nutrition Surveillance System


General Info
Kuwait (KWT)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1995 - present
Data type

The Kuwait nutrition surveillance system (KNSS) is a nationwide sentinel surveillance system established in 1995 with consultation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. The KNSS is coordinated by the Kuwait Ministry of Health. The survey rounds are analyzed annually, and data are forwarded to the WHO for publication on the Nutrition Landscape Information System (NLiS) website.

The data on height, weight, age, and sex are collected from all six governorates and are used to calculate prevalence of stunting, wasting, and obesity for Kuwaiti citizens. There are no data available for non-Kuwaitis. The survey covers dietary behavior and eating habits, education, literacy, and income level. Measurements include height, weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, hemoglobin, and cholesterol.