Children's Statistics

UN Data on the Plight of Children Worldwide

Orphans

  • An estimated 153 million children worldwide are orphans (UNICEF).

Child Labor

  • Worldwide, there are 168 million child laborers, accounting for almost 11% of children (ILO).

Education

  • 263 million children and youth are out of school (UNESCO).
  • An estimated 61 million primary-school-age children are out of school; 53% of them are girls (UNICEF).

Health

  • There are 69 million chidlren worldwide who suffer from malnutriotion (World Bank)
  • In 2017, 75% of malnourished children lived in less developed regions (WHO).
  • Nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of 5 can be atributed to undernutition, resulting in the unnecesary loss of about 3 million younng lives a year (UNICEF).
  • 66 million primary-school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone (WHO).

Mortality

  • In 2017, 15,000 children under the age of 5 died every day, that's equivalent to 1 child every 17 seconds (WHO).
  • Leading causes of death in under-5 year olds are birth complications, pneumonia, birth asphyxia, diaarhea and malaria. About 45% of child death are linked to malnutrutition (WHO).
  • 2.7 million children die every year in the first month of life, and a similar number are stillborn (WHO). 

Poverty

  • Children represent roughly a third of the world's population but account for almost half of all people living in extreme poverty (UNICEF). 

Refugees & Migrants

  • An unprecedented 68.5 million people have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are children (UNICEF). 
  • 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children are missing in Europe (Europol).

 War & Conflict

  • There are over 250 million children living in countries affected by conflict (UNICEF).
  • 1 in 4 of the world's children live in a conflict or disaster zone (UNICEF).
  • 20 people are forced to flee from their homes every minute (UNHCR).

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