Children's Statistics - Africa & Asia

Updated April 2016


Africa:

  • 1 in 12 children in sub-Saharan Africa dies before his or her fifth birthday (United Nations).
  • There are 17.6 million children in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer from acute malnutrition (World Bank).
  • Between 1990 and 2014, the number of stunted children under 5 worldwide declined from 255 million to 159 million. At the same time, numbers have increased in West and Central Africa from 19.9 million to 28.0 million (UNICEF).
  • In 2015, the risk of a child dying before reaching his or her 1st birthday was highest in Africa, 55 per 1,000 live births, which is more than five times higher than in Europe, which has a rate of 10 deaths per 1,000 live births (WHO).
  • Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 14 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than children in developed regions (UNICEF).
  • Pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria accounted for about 1.3 million, or about 40 percent, of under-five deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa (UNICEF).
  • In 2015, 95 percent of the estimated 306,000 deaths of children under 5 that were caused by malaria occurred in Africa (WHO).
  • Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the region with the highest incidence of child labor at 21 percent, or 59 million children (ILO).
  • The Middle East and North Africa regions continue to show by far the highest youth unemployment rates , 28.2 and 30.5 percent, respectively, in 2014 (ILO).

Asia:
 

  • In 2014, 69 percent of children in the world with acute malnutrition (wasting) lived in Asia, which accounts 14.9 percent of children in the region (UNICEF).
  • India accounts for about 25 percent of the 2.7 million neonatal deaths that occur each year around the world (United Nations).
  • The Asia-Pacific region has the largest number of child laborers, 78 million, with an incidence of 9 percent (ILO).
  • Almost half of all child brides worldwide live in South Asia (UNICEF).

 

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