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Tuberculosis Factographs

Mar 24, 2017

These factographs created for World Tuberculosis Day 2017 showcase key statistics on the devastating disease.

Factograph (treatment) | Factograph (children every day) | Factograph (care) | Factograph (South Asia, East Asia, Pacific) | Factograph (maternal & child health)
BrochurePublication

Is every child counted? Status of data for children in the SDGs

Mar 6, 2017

“Is every child counted” provides a status report on the data availability of child related SDG indicators showing that sufficient data is available only for half of those. Many indicators, such as those on poverty and violence cannot be compared, and are either too limited or of poor quality, leaving governments without the information they need to accurately address challenges facing millions of children, or to track progress towards achieving the Goals. The report also identifies priorities for enhancing the collection, analysis and use of data for children.

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Web Application

Nutrition Targets Tracking Tool

Feb 9, 2017

The tracking tool allows users to explore scenarios taking into account different rates of progress for the six World Health Assembly (WHA) Nutrition targets and the time left to 2025 using the latest global databases such as the UNICEF-WHO-World Bank joint malnutrition estimates for stunting, wasting and overweight. The six WHO targets on nutrition were set at the global level as default national targets included in this tool, but countries can define their own national targets for contributing to each of the global targets.

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Concept Note

Module on Child Functioning Concept Note

Feb 7, 2017

This document provides information on the background of the Module on Child Functioning, the rationale for its development, as well as the process of rigorous testing and review undertaken to ensure validity of the questionnaire.

The Washington Group/UNICEF Module on Child Functioning, finalized in 2016, covers children between 2 and 17 years of age and assesses functional difficulties in different domains including hearing, vision, communication/comprehension, learning, mobility and emotions.

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Publication

Safely managed drinking water

Feb 6, 2017

This Thematic Report on Safely Managed Drinking Water considers the implications of SDG target 6.1, ‘By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all’ and outlines JMP plans for enhanced monitoring of drinking water in the SDG era.

 

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For Every Child, End AIDS: Seventh Stocktaking Report, 2016

Nov 30, 2016

Children are still dying of AIDS-related causes.  Children living with HIV (aged 0–4) face the highest risk of AIDS-related death compared to all other age groups. The AIDS-response must focus on solutions for this extremely vulnerable population. Preventing new infections, but also testing and starting treatment early are the best ways to end AIDS among the youngest children. In an age when the tools and knowledge are at hand to prevent and treat HIV in children, new infections and deaths among this age group reflect a collective failure to prioritise children.

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Maternal and Newborn Health Disparities Country Profiles

Nov 22, 2016

These statistical profiles present current levels of key impact, service delivery and coverage interventions for mothers and newborns with a wide array of disaggregation including residence, household wealth, mother’s age, mother’s education and sub-regional levels.

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Collecting and Reporting of Sex-and Age-Disaggregated Data on Adolescents at the Sub-National Level

Nov 18, 2016

This document guides countries through the process of collecting and reporting sub-national data on adolescents to inform programme planning and implementation efforts.  It has been developed with the specific aim of identifying data gaps for adolescents and informing immediate programme planning needs at the sub-national level.

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Journal Article

Differential effects of young maternal age on child growth

Nov 17, 2016

The association of early maternal birthing age with smaller children has been widely observed. However, it is unclear if this is due to confounding by factors such as socioeconomic status, or the age at which child growth restriction first occurs. This paper examines the effect of early maternal birthing age on the first-born child’s height-for-age in a sample of developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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One is Too Many: Ending Child Deaths from Pneumonia and Diarrhoea

Nov 10, 2016

For most children around the world, pneumonia and diarrhoea are easily prevented and managed illnesses with simple and effective interventions that are rarely life threatening. However, not all children are so fortunate. This report describes the face of current pneumonia and diarrhoea-related mortality and illustrates the startling divide between those being reached and the abundant number of children left behind, which threatens sustainable development for the world’s poorest nations.

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questionnaire

Module on Child Functioning

Oct 21, 2016

The Washington Group/UNICEF Module on Child Functioning, finalized in 2016, covers children between 2 and 17 years of age and assesses functional difficulties in different domains including hearing, vision, communication/comprehension, learning, mobility and emotions. To better reflect the degree of functional difficulty, each area is assessed against a rating scale. The purpose is to identify the subpopulation of children who are at greater risk than other children of the same age or who are experiencing limited participation in an unaccommodating environment. The set of questions is intended for use in national household surveys and censuses.

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From the First Hour of Life: A New Report on Infant and Young Child Feeding

Oct 14, 2016

A new global report from UNICEF, From the First Hour of Life: Making the case for improved infant and young child feeding everywhere, provides a global status update on infant and young child feeding practices and puts forth recommendations for improving them. The report is divided into two parts: Part I focuses on breastfeeding and Part II looks at complementary feeding practices. Each part reviews the most recent evidence on infant and young child feeding practices and provides updated global and regional estimates and trends, where available, as well as disaggregated analyses.

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Brochure

Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls: Taking stock and looking ahead to 2030

Oct 7, 2016

This brochure includes the first global estimates on the time girls spend doing household chores such as cooking, cleaning, caring for family members and collecting water and firewood. The data show that the disproportionate burden of domestic work begins early, with girls between 5 and 9 years old spending 30 per cent more time, or 40 million more hours a day, on household chores than boys their age. The disparities grow as girls get older, with 10 to 14 year olds spending 50 per cent more time, or 120 million more hours each day.

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Journal Article

Field testing a draft version of the UNICEF/Washington Group module on child functioning and disability

Oct 1, 2016

Global child disability data are generally non-comparable, comprising different tools, methodologies and disability definitions. UNICEF and The Washington Group on Disability Statistics have developed a new tool on child functioning and disability to address this need. The aim of this paper is to describe the development of the new module, and to present an independent field test of the draft module in two contrasting settings.

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Brochure

Birth Registration in Latin America and the Caribbean: Closing the Gaps

Sep 23, 2016

A name and nationality is every child’s right, enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international treaties. This brochure sheds light on this issue – from where we stand today, to the children left behind and the progress and projections on birth registration data in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Web Application

Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates 2016 – Interactive Dashboard

Sep 20, 2016

This interactive dashboard visualizes the latest child malnutrition estimates. These estimates of prevalence and numbers for child stunting, overweight, wasting and severe wasting are derived by United Nations (UN), Millennium Development Goal (MDG), UNICEF, WHO and World Bank regions, as well as World Bank income group classifications.

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Brochure

Joint child malnutrition estimates – 2016 edition

Sep 20, 2016

UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank regularly update joint global and regional estimates of child malnutrition. These estimates of prevalence and numbers for child stunting, underweight, overweight, wasting and severe wasting are derived for the global population as well as by United Nations (UN), Millennium Development Goal (MDG), UNICEF, WHO and World Bank regions, as well as World Bank income group classifications.

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Publication

Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children

Sep 6, 2016

Around the world, nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced – and that’s a conservative estimate. More than half of these boys and girls fled violence and insecurity – 28 million in total. This report presents, for the first time, comprehensive global data about these children – where they are born, where they move, and some of the dangers they face along the way. The report sheds light on the truly global nature of childhood migration and displacement, highlighting major challenges in every region.

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Journal Article

Diarrhea management in children under five in sub-Saharan Africa: does the source of care matter?

Aug 19, 2016

Many children’s lives can be saved with correct management of childhood diarrhea. Too many children are not receiving adequate care for diarrhea in high-burden sub-Saharan African countries, even among those seen in health facilities. Redoubling efforts to increase careseeking and improve quality of care for childhood diarrhea in both health facilities and at community level is an urgent priority.

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Country Profiles

Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting Country Profiles

Aug 17, 2016

These statistical profiles present the latest available data on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) for 30 countries where FMG/C is concentrated. They provide figures on how widespread the practice of FGM/C is, when and how it is performed, and what women and men think about the practice. Trends in prevalence and attitudes are also presented.

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Country Profiles

Immunization Country Profiles

Aug 1, 2016

Immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions to date, saving millions of lives and protecting countless children from illness and disability. These statistical profiles based on WHO/UNICEF joint estimates of national immunization coverage (WUENIC), present summaries of the latest data at the country level.

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Publication

The State of the World’s Children 2016 Report

Jun 30, 2016

This edition of The State of the World’s Children argues that progress for the most disadvantaged children is the defining condition for delivering on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The data in this report show, unless we accelerate the pace of our progress, the futures of millions of disadvantaged and vulnerable children – and therefore the future of their societies – will be imperilled. The flagship publication contains  the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being.

 

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Statistical Table

The State of the World’s Children 2016 Statistical Tables

Jun 27, 2016

The 2016 State of the World’s Children Report contains the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being. The updated statistical tables are available to download.

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Web Application
Web Application

Education Pathway Analysis Dashboard

Jun 21, 2016

This interactive education pathway analysis map shows school trajectories of adolescent populations around the world.

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Web Application

Pneumonia Care-seeking Interactive Dashboard

Jun 16, 2016

The interactive dashboard on pneumonia careseeking shows that in most countries, children from the poorest households and those from rural areas are much less likely than their peers to get the life-saving treatment they need.

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2016 Global Nutrition Report

Jun 15, 2016

The Global Nutrition Report is the only independent and comprehensive annual review of the state of the world’s nutrition. It is a multipartner initiative that holds a mirror up to our successes and failures at meeting intergovernmental nutrition targets. It documents progress on commitments made on the global scale, and it recommends actions to accelerate that progress.

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Guidance Note

Every Newborn Action Plan: Country Implementation Tracking Tool Guidance Note

Jun 1, 2016

The purpose of the tool is to track ENAP implementation and progress made by countries towards achieving the national milestones (table 1). Special emphasis is put on tracking processes in place to ensure ENAP is implemented. The tool is a pathway to inform countries and partners on progress and to facilitate provision of country technical support needed to scale up MNH programme.

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Guidance Note

Indicator and Monitoring Framework for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

May 1, 2016

This report presents the indicator and monitoring framework for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, (2016-2030) focusing on its Survive, Thrive and Transform objectives and 17 targets. The report details the selection process for the indicators and implications for monitoring, measurement, investments and reporting.

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The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

May 1, 2016

The Global Strategy (2016-2030) is a roadmap to achieve right to the highest attainable standard of health for all women, children and adolescents –to transform the future and ensure every newborn, mother and child not only survives, but thrives. The new Strategy – updated through a process of collaboration with stakeholders led by WHO – builds on the success of the 2010 Strategy and its Every Woman Every Child movement as a platform to accelerate the health-related Millennium Development Goals and puts women, children and adolescents at the heart of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Web Application

Vitamin A Supplementation Interactive Dashboard

Apr 20, 2016

Periodic, high-dose Vitamin A supplementation is a proven, low-cost intervention to prevent childhood blindness and reduce illnesses such as diarrhea. This interactive dashboard shows coverage rates by country.

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A Key To Inclusion: New Tool to Measure Child Functioning and Disability

Apr 19, 2016

A Key to Inclusion: A video highlighting the critical importance of collecting data on child functioning and disability, on its feasibility and on its powerful results. The video addresses a new series of questions put together by UNICEF/Washington Group on Disability Statistics that go beyond labels and diagnoses to explore children’s actual experiences and the difficulties that they encounter in performing daily activities.

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Poster

Development of the module on child functioning

Apr 1, 2016

This poster shows a timeline of the development of the UNICEF/Washington Group module on child functioning from the establishment of the technical working group on child functioning in 2009 to the online release of the module in 2016.

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Brochure

Vitamin A Supplementation: A Statistical Snapshot

Mar 22, 2016

UNICEF-supported Vitamin A supplementation programmes have been reaching children aged 6 to 59 months in priority countries for nearly two decades. Vitamin A supplementation helps maintain strong immune systems. It reduces the incidences of diarrhoea and measles in children and prevents blindness and hearing loss. Most importantly, Vitamin A supplements can improve a child’s chance of survival by 12 to 24 per cent.

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Guidance Document: Strengthening the Adolescent Component of National HIV Programmes through Country Assessments

Mar 22, 2016

This guidance document and its accompanying tool, the Adolescent Assessment and Decision-Makers Tool (AADM), were devised to facilitate country assessments aimed at strengthening the adolescent component of national HIV programmes. The purpose of the country assessments is to: (1) support country teams in the identification of equity and performance gaps affecting adolescent HIV programming; and (2) define priority actions to improve the effectiveness of the national adolescent HIV response.

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Brochure

Female genital mutilation/cutting: A global concern

Feb 3, 2016

This brochure draws on data from more than 90 nationally representative surveys making it the most up-to-date compilation of statistics on FGM/C.

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Journal Article

Risk factors associated with the practice of child marriage among Roma girls in Serbia

Feb 3, 2016

Relatively little research on the issue of child marriage has been conducted in European countries where the overall prevalence of child marriage is relatively low, but relatively high among marginalized ethnic subgroups. The purpose of this study is to assess the risk factors associated with the practice of child marriage among females living in Roma settlements in Serbia and among the general population and to explore the inter-relationship
between child marriage and school enrollment decisions.

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Journal Article

Breastfeeding in the 21st century: epidemiology, mechanisms, and lifelong effect

Jan 29, 2016

With a substantial development of research and findings for breastfeeding over the past three decades, we are now able to expand on the health benefits for both women and children across the globe. The paper describes past and current global trends of breastfeeding, its short and long-term health consequences for the mother and child, the impact of investment in breastfeeding, and the determinants of breastfeeding and the effectiveness of promotion interventions.

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Child Protection Resource Pack

Jan 20, 2016

The purpose of this resource pack is to strengthen the evidence base of child protection through clear and practical guidance for improved planning and M&E practices and documentation of good practices and lessons learned, in line with the main approaches in UNICEF’s Child Protection Strategy (2008) and the refocus in UNICEF on monitoring results for equity. The resource pack is a joint initiative between the UNICEF Child Protection Section, the Data and Analytics Section (in the Division of Research and Policy), the Evaluation Office and the Field Results Group.

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Journal Article

Navigating the landscape of child disability measurement: A review of available data collection instruments

Dec 8, 2015

The purpose of this paper is to describe the varying scope and content of data collection instruments on child disability and to provide a historical snapshot of the rates of reported disability among children. A total of 716 data sources were identified, corresponding to 198 countries covering more than 95% of the world’s children. The findings reveal a lack of consistent definitions and measures of disability, which contribute to major challenges in producing reliable and comparable statistics.

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Guidance Note

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A Guide for Essential Practice

Dec 1, 2015

This revised guide brings a full range of updated evidence – based norms and standards that enable health care providers at the first health care level to provide high-quality, integrated care during pregnancy and childbirth and after birth, both for mothers and babies. This guide will support countries in their efforts to reach every woman and child and ensure that pregnancy, birth and the first postnatal weeks are the joyful and safe experience they should be. The guide will be updated periodically as new WHO recommendations become available.

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Poster

Every Newborn Action Plan: Poster

Dec 1, 2015

Although remarkable progress has been made in recent decades to reduce the number of child deaths worldwide, too many newborns die each year. These deaths occur despite the availability of affordable, high-impact, evidence-based solutions. Mortality among newborns fell by 47 per cent over the period 1990 to 2015, a smaller decrease compared to the reduction in under-five mortality of 53 per cent witnessed during the same period.

The global Every Newborn Action Plan was launched in 2014 with clear targets and strategies for reduction of neonatal deaths and still births.

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Every Newborn Action Plan: Country Implementation Tracking Tool Report

Dec 1, 2015

The Every Newborn action plan is based on the latest epidemiology, evidence and global and country learning, and supports the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child movement. The preparation was guided by the advice of experts and partners, led by WHO and UNICEF, and by the outcome of several multi-stakeholder consultations and a web-based consultation with more than 300 comments.

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Every Newborn Action Plan: Country Progress Tracking Report

Dec 1, 2015

The Every Newborn action plan is based on the latest epidemiology, evidence and global and country learning, and supports the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child movement. The preparation was guided by the advice of experts and partners, led by WHO and UNICEF, and by the outcome of several multi-stakeholder consultations and a web-based consultation with more than 300 comments.

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Brochure

Children & AIDS: 2015 Statistical Update

Nov 27, 2015

At the turn of the century, and the beginning of the Millennium Development Goals, an HIV diagnosis was equivalent to a death sentence for most children and their families in low-income countries. But now, an early diagnosis paired with treatment and care can ensure long healthy lives, regardless of location, and can help prevent transmission of HIV to others. Since 2000, 30 million new infections were prevented, nearly 8 million deaths averted, and 15 million people living with HIV are now receiving treatment.

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Brochure

Children in Africa 2015

Nov 24, 2015

This brochure presents statistical snapshots on child survival, protection and development for children in Africa.

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Brochure

A Profile of Child Marriage in Africa

Nov 23, 2015

This statistical profile presents key facts about the past, present and future of child marriage in Africa.

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Publication

Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2015

Nov 12, 2015

This summary presents new estimates of maternal mortality produced by the Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group (MMEIG) as part of global and country monitoring of the Millennium Development Goal five. The estimates for 1990 to 2015 presented in this summary are the eighth in a series of analyses by the MMEIG to examine global, regional and country progress in reducing maternal mortality.

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Infographic

World Pneumonia Day 2015 Infographic

Nov 11, 2015

Pneumonia is the deadliest childhood disease. This infographic, published for World Pneumonia Day 2015, presents key statistics on pneumonia prevalence, coverage, interventions and solutions.

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Early Marriage: A traditional harmful practice – A statistical exploration

Oct 22, 2015

This study utilizes household survey data from the Demographic and Health Surveys to assess child marriage levels by country and provide further analysis of how child marriage correlates with additional indicators. For this analysis, data are analysed for countries with surveys conducted during 1995–2003. The surveys cover women aged 15–49. The objective of this study is to present available empirical evidence obtained through household surveys in order to estimate the prevalence of child marriage and to identify and understand the factors associated with child marriage and cohabitation. The report presents a global assessment of child marriage levels, differentials in child marriage rates according to socio-economic and demographic variables, characteristics of the union, and knowledge and access to sexual and reproductive health information and materials.

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Child nutrition interactive dashboard: 2015 edition

Sep 22, 2015

The UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Group Child Malnutrition Dashboard allows users to generate a variety of graphs and charts, using the newest joint estimates for child malnutrition. Estimates of prevalence and numbers for child stunting, underweight, overweight and wasting are presented for the 1990 to 2014 period by the Agency Classifications of United Nations, Millennium Development Goal, UNICEF regions, WHO regions, World Bank income groups and World Bank regions.

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Brochure

Levels and Trends in Child Malnutrition: 2015 edition

Sep 22, 2015

In September 2015, UNICEF, WHO and World Bank Group released an updated joint dataset on child malnutrition indicators (stunting, wasting, severe wasting, overweight and underweight) and new global & regional estimates covering the 1990 to 2014 period. This summary note presents key messages and highlights refinements to the method.

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Achieving the Malaria MDG Target

Sep 16, 2015

The joint WHO-UNICEF report – Achieving the Malaria MDG Target – shows that the malaria MDG target 6c, calling for halting and beginning to reverse the incidence of malaria by 2015, has been met convincingly. The number of malaria cases fell from an estimated 262 million in 2000, to 214 million in 2015. The annual number of deaths from malaria plunged from 839,000 to 438,000. The incidence malaria cases globally has dropped by 37 per cent over the past 15 years, while malaria mortality fell by 60 per cent, achieving the Millennium Development Goal of reversing the incidence of the disease by 2015. However, more than 3 billion people – mostly in sub-Saharan Africa – remain at risk for malaria, but significant funding gaps remain. If malaria elimination goals are to be reached, funding will need to triple from current levels.

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed 2015

Sep 8, 2015

Since its initiation, A Promise Renewed has focused on promoting two goals: first, keeping the promise of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 – to reduce the under-five mortality rate by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015; and second, continuing the fight beyond 2015, until no child or mother dies from preventable causes.  By focusing on priority actions and core principles, countries are already achieving progress, bending the curve on child mortality and moving towards a world where no mother or child dies from a preventable cause. As we begin the work of the Sustainable Development Goals, maintaining this momentum must be our top priority.

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Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2015

Sep 8, 2015

This report presents the group’s latest estimates of under-five, infant and neonatal mortality up to the year 2015, and assesses progress at the country, regional and global levels. The report also provides an overview on the estimation methods used for child mortality indicators.

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Journal Article

Global, regional, and national levels and trends in under-5 mortality between 1990 and 2015, with scenario-based projections to 2030: a systematic analysis by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation

Sep 8, 2015

Despite substantial progress in reducing child mortality, concerted efforts remain necessary to avoid preventable under-5 deaths in the coming years and to accelerate progress in improving child survival further. Urgent actions are needed most in the regions and countries with high under-5 mortality rates, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.

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Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water 2015 Assessement and MDG update

Jun 30, 2015

Looking back on 25 years of water, sanitation and hygiene monitoring, the report  provides a comprehensive assessment of progress since 1990.  The MDG target for drinking water was achieved in 2010 but the world has missed the sanitation target by almost 700 million people. In 2015, 663 million people still lack improved drinking water sources, 2.4 billion lack improved sanitation facilities and 946 million still practice open defecation.

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JMP Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water 2015 data dashboard

Jun 30, 2015
How has your country been progressing in the areas of water and sanitation? How many more people now have access to piped water and to what extent has open defecation decreased since 1990? An interactive dashboard shows the latest data at the country level on improved water and sanitation around the world from 1990–2015. Since national averages often hide differences, the data is shown as a total and also broken down by urban and rural areas. Data are drawn from the latest JMP report.
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Progress for Children Report

Jun 23, 2015

This eleventh edition of Progress for Children is UNICEF’s final report on the child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It presents latest data that show while the MDGs helped drive tremendous advances in the lives of the world’s children, development efforts in the past 15 years failed to reach millions of the most disadvantaged. The report spotlights where the international community must now focus attention and action to reach the most vulnerable children and achieve sustainable growth.

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Statistical Table

Water Data Tables

Jun 15, 2015

Indicators:

Proportion of the population:

  • using piped drinking water on premises
  • other improved drinking water sources
  • unimproved sources
  • surface water

Disaggregation by location (rural/urban)

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Video

UNICEF commemorates World Malaria Day: Scaling up interventions against malaria during pregnancy

Apr 15, 2015

UNICEF and partners – WHO’s Global Malaria Programme, USAID’s Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition and Johns Hopkins’ JHPIEGO – commemorate World Malaria Day at UNICEF House on April 15, 2015.

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Journal Article

Home-based record prevalence among children aged 12-23 months from 180 demographic and health surveys

Apr 14, 2015

There is currently a re-focus at the global level on the importance of the home-based record within vaccination service delivery as an important information resource but there are few reports of ever and current home-based record prevalence across countries. We considered all Demographic and Health Surveys (starting with DHS round 3) conducted between 1993 and 2013 for which a final dataset was available in the public domain at the time of the analysis.

An electronic copy of the manuscript is available upon request. Please contact us with your requests here

Infographic

World Malaria Day 2015 infographic: Malaria and Pregnancy

Apr 14, 2015

Defeating malaria is critical to ending poverty and improving maternal and child health. Pregnant women and their babies are especially at risk, since malaria infection during pregnancy can lead to stillbirth, low birth weight and other complications. There are effective and inexpensive strategies available to prevent malaria in pregnancy, including Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy (IPTp) and insecticide treated bednets (ITNs).

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Concept Note

Workshop on the Measurement of Child Disability Concept Note

Feb 11, 2015

For countries to fulfill their commitments under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as to inform and support the monitoring of future international development goals, there is an urgent need for countries to strengthen their capacity to collect, analyze, understand, use and disseminate data on children with disabilities in a manner that is accurate and comparable across different settings, countries, and populations. To help strengthen local capacities, UNICEF and the Washington Group on Disability Statistics  have developed a training package on the measurement of child disability.

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Journal Article

Results from a survey of national immunization programmes on home-based vaccination record practices in 2013

Feb 10, 2015

During January 2014, WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund sent a one-page questionnaire to 195 countries to obtain information on HBRs including type of record used, number of records printed, whether records were provided free-of-charge or required by schools, whether there was a stock-out and the duration of any stock-outs that occurred, as well as the total expenditure for printing HBRs during 2013.

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Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality

Feb 10, 2015

The Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) targets and strategies are grounded in a human rights approach to maternal and newborn health, and focus on eliminating significant inequities that lead to disparities in access, quality and outcomes of care within and between countries. Concrete political commitments and financial investments by country governments and development partners are necessary to meet the targets and carry out the strategies for EPMM.

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Presentation

Latest findings on out-of-school children

Feb 4, 2015

Mark Waltham, UNICEF’s Senior Education Adviser and Hiroyuki Hattori, Statistics Specialist – Education, present results from the latest report produced by UNICEF and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

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Brochure

Redefining childhood vulnerability to HIV (policy brief)

Feb 1, 2015

Childhood vulnerability cuts across all development programming and planning, including the sectors of HIV and AIDS, education, health, child protection and social protection.  Understanding indicators of childhood vulnerability in general and to HIV in particular, could help practitioners identify vulnerable children more accurately and spend money accordingly.

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Publication

Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All – Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-school Children

Jan 19, 2015

Around 63 million adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15 years are denied their right to an education according to a new joint report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNICEF. The report and related data tool were sponsored by the Global Partnership for Education.  

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Journal Article

UNICEF Report: enormous progress in child survival but greater focus on newborns urgently needed

Dec 1, 2014

This commentary summarizes the levels and trends in child mortality as well as the coverage and quality of key maternal and newborn care from pregnancy through childbirth and the postnatal period as discussed in the UNICEF report Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed Progress Report 2014.

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The State of the World’s Children 2015

Nov 20, 2014

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this edition of The State of the World’s Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the world’s most disadvantaged children. The report is inspired by the work of innovators around the world – who are pushing boundaries and crafting solutions for local problems that reflect urgent global needs – towards a future in which all children can enjoy their rights. The Executive Summary features many of the elements that are highlighted in the main interactive online report, including the extraordinary stories of young innovators. It also presents key statistics on child survival, development and protection for the world’s countries, areas and regions.

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Global Routine Vaccination Coverage, 2013

Nov 20, 2014

In 1974, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Expanded Program on Immunization to ensure that all children have access to routinely recommended vaccines. Since then, global coverage with the four core vaccines (Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine [for protection against tuberculosis], diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine [DTP], polio vaccine, and measles vaccine) has increased from <5% to ≥84%, and additional vaccines have been added to the recommended schedule. Coverage with the third dose of DTP vaccine (DTP3) by age 12 months is a key indicator of immunization program performance. Estimated global DTP3 coverage has remained at 83%-84% since 2009, with estimated 2013 coverage at 84%. Global coverage estimates for the second routine dose of measles-containing vaccine (MCV2) are reported for the first time in 2013; globalcoverage was 35% by the end of the second year of life and 53% when including older age groups. Improvements in equity of access and use ofimmunization services will help ensure that all children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Harris JB, Gacic-Dobo M, Eggers R, Brown DW, Sodha SV. Global Routine Vaccination Coverage, 2013. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63(46):1055-1058.

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Immunization Summary: A statistical reference containing data through 2013

Nov 10, 2014

This immunization summary is a statistical reference containing data through 2013. It was jointly produced by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It presents detailed statistics on the performance of national and district-level immunization systems in 195 countries and territories.

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Measuring Violence against Children – Inventory and assessment of quantitative studies – publication

Nov 3, 2014

The Child Protection Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group’s (CP MERG) Technical Working Group on Data Collection on Violence against Children was established to provide guidance in this area and to produce outputs that can assist countries and partners in their efforts to gather data that are both reliable and useful and obtained in an ethically sensitive manner. The goal is to support, facilitate and coordinate the development of guidelines, standards and tools for the collection of data on violence against children at global, regional and national levels. With these objectives in mind, the Working Group decided to undertake a review of quantitative studies on violence against children to provide an overview of some recent data-collection activities that will feed into the development of guidelines.

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Immunization Coverage Summary Application

Nov 1, 2014

The Immunization Summary is an app for visualizing (tables, graphs, maps) data on policies, activities and impact of national immunization systems. These data are reported by WHO & UNICEF member states annually for incidence, coverage and immunization indicators. The WHO UNICEF estimates of national immunization coverage constitute an independent technical assessment of coverage. The population data are provided by the United Nations’ Population Division’s “World Population Prospects – The 2012 Revision.” With the exception of the infant and child mortality figures which are provided by WHO’s “World Health Statistics 2014,” data for 2013. The GNI & GDP data are taken from the “2015 World Bank Development Indicators” online. Data are available from 1980 to 2014 (as of 14 July 2015) for a 195 countries or territories.

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A Statistical Snapshot of Violence against Adolescent Girls

Oct 10, 2014

While all adolescents may experience violence, being a girl presents some unique vulnerabilities – some with consequences that can last a lifetime.

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2014 – Key Findings

Sep 22, 2014

A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2014 (Key Findings) presents levels and trends in child mortality since 1990 and focuses on coverage of interventions around the time of birth to address neonatal mortality.

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2014

Sep 16, 2014

This report looks at causes of death and coverage of key interventions for mother and newborn and highlights initiatives by governments, civil society and the private sector to accelerate progress on child survival.

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childmortality.org

Sep 16, 2014

Synopsis: CME Info is a database containing the latest child mortality estimates based on the research of the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.

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Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2014

Sep 16, 2014

Recent estimates show that the number of under-five deaths worldwide has declined by half since 1990, from 12.7 million to 6.3 million today. Yet, 17,000 children under age five still die every day in 2013.

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childmortality.org

Sep 16, 2014

Synopsis: CME Info is a database containing the latest child mortality estimates based on the research of the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.

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Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children

Sep 4, 2014

Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children is the largest-ever compilation of data on the subject of violence against children. The report sheds light on the prevalence of different forms of violence against children, with global figures and data from 190 countries.

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Avoiding the Will O’ the Wisp: Challenges in Measuring High Levels of Immunization Coverage with Precision

Aug 14, 2014

When the Expanded Programme on Immunization was launched in 1974, less than 5% of the world’s children were immunized during their first year of life against polio, diphtheria, tuberculosis, pertussis, measles and tetanus.

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A Summary of Global Immunization Coverage through 2013

Aug 14, 2014

This paper summarizes the 2013 revision (completed July 2014) of the WHO and UNICEF estimates of national immunization coverage (WUENIC).

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Generation 2030 | Africa: Interactive visualization

Aug 12, 2014

Interactive animation visualizing key messages from the Generation 2030 | Africa report, detailing a demographic shift unprecedented in its scale and swiftness.

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Generation 2030 | Africa: Child demographics in Africa

Aug 12, 2014

Africa, already the world’s second most populous continent with over 1 billion inhabitants, is experiencing a demographic shift unprecedented in its scale and swiftness.

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Global Monitoring of Water Supply and Sanitation: History, Methods and Future Challenges

Aug 11, 2014

International monitoring of drinking water and sanitation shapes awareness of countries’ needs and informs policy, implementation and research efforts to extend and improve services. The Millennium Development Goals established global targets for drinking water and sanitation access; progress towards these targets, facilitated by international monitoring, has contributed to reducing the global disease burden and increasing quality of life.

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Measuring the Determinants of Childhood Vulnerability

Aug 1, 2014

Despite significant achievements in the global AIDS response throughout the past decade – declining new infections, decreased AIDS-related mortality, and the increased scale-up and availability of antiretroviral therapy – HIV and AIDS continue to have adverse impacts on the lives of children and families worldwide (UNAIDS 2012).

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

Jul 30, 2014

The MDGs brought together governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector to achieve concrete goals for development and poverty eradication. Much has been accomplished through the concerted and focused efforts of all, saving and improving the lives of many people, but the agenda remains unfinished.

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Ending Child Marriage: Progress and prospects

Jul 22, 2014

Ending child marriage will help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by allowing girls and women to participate more fully in society. Empowered and educated girls are better able to nourish and care for their children, leading to healthier, smaller families. When girls are allowed to be girls, everybody wins. This brochure explores the data and statistics behind those stories: the current situation of child marriage, lifelong – sometimes intergenerational – consequences, progress to date and prospects.

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Epidemiology of HIV and AIDS Among Adolescents: Current Status, Inequities, and Data Gaps

Jul 21, 2014

The JAIDS Supplement is a key source of evidence that will inform collective efforts towards ending the adolescent AIDS epidemic. The series presents a collection of reviews on adolescents analyzing current evidence and experience from programmes to highlight how to improve HIV-specific outcomes.

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Child Mortality Estimation 2013: An Overview of Updates in Estimation Methods by the United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation

Jul 8, 2014

In September 2013, the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME) published an update of the estimates of the under-five mortality rate (U5MR) and under-five deaths for all countries. Compared to the UN IGME estimates published in 2012, updated data inputs and a new method for estimating the U5MR were used.

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Every Newborn: progress, priorities, and potential beyond survival

Jul 8, 2014

In this Series paper, we review trends since the 2005 Lancet Series on Neonatal Survival to inform acceleration of progress for newborn health post-2015. On the basis of multicountry analyses and multi-stakeholder consultations, we propose national targets for 2035 of no more than 10 stillbirths per 1000 total births, and no more than 10 neonatal deaths per 1000 livebirths, compatible with the under-5 mortality targets of no more than 20 per 1000 livebirths.

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The contribution of malaria control to maternal and newborn health

Jul 1, 2014

Today, easily implementable malaria control interventions are available to allow women to deliver healthy babies. The roll-out of two simple preventive measures, intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy (IPTp) and insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) is significantly associated with an 18% decrease in the risk of neonatal mortality.

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Countdown to 2015: Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival. Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children: The 2014 Report

Jun 30, 2014

The 2014 report was released exactly 18 months to the day from the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals at the end of 2015. It includes an updated, detailed profile for each of the 75 Countdown countries, which together account for more than 95% of the global burden of maternal, newborn and child death.

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Every Newborn: An Action Plan to End Preventable Deaths

Jun 1, 2014

The Every Newborn action plan is based on the latest epidemiology, evidence and global and country learning, and supports the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child movement. The preparation was guided by the advice of experts and partners, led by WHO and UNICEF, and by the outcome of several multi-stakeholder consultations and a web-based consultation with more than 300 comments.

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Data, children’s rights, and the new development agenda

May 20, 2014

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the culmination of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As people look to the future of human wellbeing, data will play an increasingly important part in identifying inequities and in informing and evaluating interventions so these are responsive and accountable to the world’s 2.2 billion children, especially those so far excluded from the benefits of development.

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The new UN interagency maternal mortality estimates

May 2, 2014

Agbessi Amouzou and Holly Newby, Data & Analytics Section, DPS, UNICEF.

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Children in Africa 2014

May 1, 2014

This 8-page brochure presents key statistics on child survival, protection and development for children in Africa.

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Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation – 2014 Report

May 1, 2014

The world has made great strides in increasing access to drinking water and sanitation for billions of people but progress has been uneven.

This joint WHO/UNICEF report documents the gains that have been made since 1990 and highlights substantive disparities such as those between regions, rural and urban areas and for marginalized groups.

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World Malaria Report 2013

May 1, 2014

The World Malaria Report 2013 summarizes information received from malaria-endemic countries and other sources, and updates the analyses presented in the 2012 report.

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Home-based child vaccination records – A reflection on form

Apr 1, 2014

Home-based child vaccination records play an important role in documenting immunization services received by children. We report some of the results of a review of home-based vaccination records from 55 countries.

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Home-based child vaccination records – A reflection on form

Apr 1, 2014

Home-based child vaccination records play an important role in documenting immunization services received by children. We report some of the results of a review of home-based vaccination records from 55 countries.

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Global Statistics on Children’s Protection from Violence, Exploitation and Abuse

Mar 13, 2014

Violence. Child labour. Trafficking. Sexual exploitation. Female genital mutilation/ cutting. Child marriage. Lack of official recording of births. Millions of children worldwide experience the worst kinds of rights violations. Millions more children, not yet victims, are inadequately protected against them. This document summarizes some of the main global monitoring activities in which UNICEF has played a lead role.

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Etude de l’UNICEF sur la pratique de l’excision

Feb 1, 2014

Présentation de Claudia Cappa, Section de la statistique et du suivi, UNICEF, sur les principaux résultats de l’étude de l’UNICEF sur les “Mutilations génitales féminines/excision : aperçu et étude statistique de la dynamique des changements

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State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts

Jan 8, 2014

The State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts highlights the critical role data and monitoring play in realizing children’s rights. Credible data, disseminated effectively and used correctly, make it possible to target interventions that help right the wrong of exclusion. Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible – by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, gauging progress and holding duty bearers to account. Making the possible real is up to decision makers.

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JMP Website

Jan 1, 2014

WHO and UNICEF have monitored access to drinking water and sanitation through the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water supply and Sanitation since the early 90s.

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Global Monitoring for Child Protection Brochure 2014

Jan 1, 2014

This brochure summarizes some of the main global monitoring activities for child protection in which UNICEF has played a lead role.

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WASH Post-2015: Proposed targets and indicators for households, schools and health centers

Jan 1, 2014

An extensive global consultation of over 100 experts and over 60 organisations was facilitated by UNICEF and WHO to develop recommendations for post-2015 goals, targets and indicators for WASH. This factsheet outlines the vision of universal access to safe drinking water sanitation and hygiene and proposes specific measureable targets to achieve this shared vision.

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Immunization country profiles

Dec 31, 2013

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Every Child’s Birth Right: Inequities and trends in birth registration

Dec 12, 2013

Claudia Cappa and Tessa Wardlaw, Data & Analytics Section and Susan Bissell, Kendra Gregson and Kerry Neal, Child Protection Section, UNICEF.

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Every Child’s Birth Right: Inequities and trends in birth registration

Dec 12, 2013

This publication presents the latest available data on the extent of unregistered children and assesses progress to date in increasing birth registration rates worldwide.

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed Progress Report 2013

Sep 9, 2013

Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed is a global movement to end preventable child deaths. Under the leadership of participating governments and in support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child strategy, A Promise Renewed brings together public, private and civil society actors committed to advocacy and action for maternal, newborn and child survival.

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Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change, Executive Summary

Jul 22, 2013

This report is a comprehensive statistical overview of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated. Analysis of the data reflects current perspectives on FGM/C, informed by the latest policy, programmatic and theoretical evidence.

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Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change

Jul 22, 2013

This report is a comprehensive statistical overview of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated. Analysis of the data reflects current perspectives on FGM/C, informed by the latest policy, programmatic and theoretical evidence.

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Launch of the 2013 UNICEF’s report on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical review and exploration of the dynamics of change

Jul 2, 2013

Claudia Cappa, Data & Analytics Section and Francesca Moneti, Child Protection Section, UNICEF

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Maternal and Child Undernutrition and Overweight in Low-income and Middle-income Countries

Jun 6, 2013

Maternal and child malnutrition in low-income and middle-income countries encompasses both undernutrition and a growing problem with overweight and obesity.

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The Millennium Development Goals 2013; Goal 4 – Addendum

Jun 1, 2013

The UN Secretary General’s Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 highlights how UNICEF, in close collaboration with UN agencies and Member States, is making a direct contribution to the dissemination and use of information for decision making.

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Household Survey Indicators for Malaria Control 2013 edition

Jun 1, 2013

The purpose of this manual is to provide detailed specifications for the indicators that can be measured through household surveys and the data that is required for their construction, as well as the issues related to their interpretation.

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Countdown Country Profiles

May 1, 2013

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Improving Child Nutrition: The achievable imperative for global progress

Apr 1, 2013

This report builds on earlier findings on the impact of undernutrition by highlighting new developments and demonstrating that efforts to scale up nutrition programmes are working, benefiting children in many countries.

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CRING Special Topics: Maternal Health Indicators

Mar 4, 2013

Liliana Carvajal, Data & Analytics Section, UNICEF.

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CRING Special Topics: Infant and Young Child Feeding Indicators

Mar 4, 2013

Data & Analytics Section, UNICEF.

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PMTCT Country Profiles

Mar 1, 2013

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MICS Modules for Child Protection

Feb 13, 2013

Claudia Cappa and Attila Hancioglu, Data & Analytics Section, UNICEF

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Towards an AIDS-free generation – Children and AIDS Stocktaking Report, 2013

Jan 1, 2013

An AIDS-free generation means a generation in which all children are born free of HIV and remain so for the first two decades of life, from birth through adolescence.

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Progress on Sanitation and Drinking – Water – 2013 Update

Jan 1, 2013

WHO and UNICEF monitor access to drinking water and sanitation through the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water supply and Sanitation.

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Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2013

Jan 1, 2013

The United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) updates child mortality estimates annually, and this report presents the IGME’s latest estimates of under-five, infant and neonatal mortality and assesses progress towards MDG 4 at the regional and global levels.

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UNICEF/Washington Group on Disability Statistics Module on Child Functioning and Disability

Dec 11, 2012

Claudia Cappa, Data & Analytics Section, UNICEF & Mitchell Loeb, Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC.

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The Millennium Development Goals 2012; Goal 4 – Addendum

Jun 1, 2012

In this edition of the MDG report, Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations highlights several milestones in the foreword: “The target of reducing extreme poverty by half has been reached five years ahead of the 2015 deadline, as has the target of halving the proportion of people who lack dependable access to improved sources of drinking water. Conditions for more than 200 million people living in slums have been ameliorated—double the 2020 target. Primary school enrolment of girls equalled that of boys, and we have seen accelerating progress in reducing child and maternal mortality.”

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Pneumonia and diarrhoea: Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world’s poorest children

Jun 1, 2012

This report makes a remarkable and compelling argument for tackling two of the leading killers of children under age 5: pneumonia and diarrhoea.

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A Snapshot of Drinking Water and Sanitation in Africa – 2012 Update

May 1, 2012

Prepared for the African Ministers’ Council on Water, this snaphot of water and sanitation progress in Africa provides a regional perspective on progress.

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Progress for Children: A report card on adolescents: Number 10, April 2012

Apr 1, 2012

This edition of Progress for Children sets out who adolescents are, where they live, what they do, what their problems are and how their needs are – or are not – being met.

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Maternal Health Country Profiles

Mar 1, 2012

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Accountability for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival: An update on progress in priority countries

Mar 1, 2012

In this publication, Countdown to 2015 provides profiles for the countries where more than 95% of all maternal and child deaths occur.  The profiles highlight how well each country is doing in increasing coverage of high-impact interventions that can save the lives of millions of women and children.

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The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World

Feb 8, 2012

This edition of The State of the World’s Children explores the increasingly urban experience of childhood. Over half the world’s people – including more than a billion children – now live in cities and towns.

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Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2012

Jan 1, 2012

The United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) updates child mortality estimates annually, and this report presents the IGME’s latest estimates of under-five, infant and neonatal mortality and assesses progress towards MDG 4 at the regional and global levels.

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Building a Future for Women and Children: The 2012 Report

Jan 1, 2012

The United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) updates child mortality estimates annually, and this report presents the IGME’s latest estimates of under-five, infant and neonatal mortality and assesses progress towards MDG 4 at the regional and global levels. Some of the changes that are presented in this edition include the production of sex-specific estimates and the addition of uncertainty intervals for the estimates.

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Generation 2025 and beyond: The critical importance of understanding demographic trends for children of the 21st century

Jan 1, 2012

This report highlights key demographic trends for children in the 21st century, and proposed policy responses to accompany them in order to ensure continued focus on child well-being.

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World Malaria Report 2012

Jan 1, 2012

The World Malaria Report 2012 summarizes information received from 104 malaria-endemic countries and other sources, and updates the analyses presented in the 2011 report. It highlights the progress made towards the global malaria targets set for 2015, and describes current challenges for global malaria control and elimination.

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Drinking Water: Equity, safety and sustainability – 2011 Thematic Report

Oct 22, 2011

This thematic report on drinking water highlights the substantive challenges that remain in achieving safe, sustainable and equitable access to drinking water.

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Progress and impact series: Number 7 – September 2011 – A Decade of Partnership and Results

Sep 1, 2011

Estimates Developed by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation. The “UN Decade to Roll Back Malaria” was proclaimed soon after all UN Member States made a commitment to tackle the disease in their landmark 2001 General Assembly resolution. This report documents the remarkable progress that has been made.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

Jun 1, 2011

The UN Secretary General’s MDG Report 2011 presents the most up-to-date information on the progress made to reach the Millennium Development Goals by the internationally agreed deadline of 2015.

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Child Protection from Violence, Exploitation and Abuse

May 1, 2011

This statistical snapshot was prepared in June 2011 and summarizes available data on some of UNICEF’s key child protection indicators: birth registration, FGM/C, child discipline, child marriage, child labour, sexual violence against girls and attitudes towards wife-beating.

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Opportunity in Crisis: Preventing HIV from early adolescence to young adulthood

May 1, 2011

This report, published was by UNICEF with UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA, ILO, WHO and the World Bank.

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The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescents: An Age of Opportunity

Feb 1, 2011

In the foreword to this State of the World’s Children 2011 edition, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF writes: “Adolescence is not only a time of vulnerability, it is also an age of opportunity. This is especially true when it comes to adolescent girls. We know that the more education a girl receives, the more likely she is to postpone marriage and motherhood – and the more likely it is that her children will be healthier and better educated. By giving all young people the tools they need to improve their own lives, and by engaging them in efforts to improve their communities, we are investing in the strength of their societies.

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Monitoring maternal, newborn and child health: understanding key progress indicators

Jan 1, 2011

Countdown to 2015 is a global movement of academics, governments, international agencies, health-care professional associations, donors and nongovernmental organizations, with The Lancet as a key partner. It uses country-specific data to stimulate and support country progress towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Levels and Trends in Child Mortality, Report 2011

Jan 1, 2011

The United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) updates child mortality estimates annually, and this report presents the IGME’s latest estimates of under-five and infant mortality and, for the first time, estimates of neonatal mortality. It also assesses progress towards MDG 4 at the regional and global levels.

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Child Disciplinary Practices at Home: Evidence from a Range of Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Jan 1, 2011

The UNICEF report on Child Disciplinary Practices at Home addresses the development of a national research agenda on violence against children across settings where violence occurs.

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Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle: Sex disaggregated data on a selection of well-being indicators, from early childhood to young adulthood

Jan 1, 2011

This report presents the most comprehensive compilation to date of sex-disaggregated statistics on children and young people in the developing world.

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Immunization Summary: A statistical reference containing data through 2010

Jan 1, 2011

This immunization summary is a statistical reference containing data through 2009. It was jointly produced by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It presents detailed statistics on the performance of national and district-level immunization systems in 194 countries and territories.

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Immunization Summary: A statistical reference containing data through 2009

Jan 1, 2011

This immunization summary is a statistical reference containing data through 2008. It was jointly produced by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It presents detailed statistics on the performance of national and district-level immunization systems in 194 countries and territories.

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Global HIV/AIDS response: Epidemic update and health sector progress towards Universal Access, Progress report 2011

Jan 1, 2011

The Progress report 2011: Global HIV/AIDS response reviews progress made until the end of 2010 in scaling up access to health sector interventions for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in low–and middle-income countries.

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Progress for Children: Achieving the MDGs with Equity: Number 9, September 2010

Sep 1, 2010

‘Achieving the MDGs with Equity’ is the focus of this ninth edition of Progress for Children, UNICEF’s report card series that monitors progress towards the MDGs.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010

Jun 1, 2010

In this sixth edition of the MDG report published annually, a thorough review of the progress made toward reaching the MDGs by 2015 is presented. Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, writes: “The Millennium Development Goals are still attainable.

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Nutrition Country Profiles

Apr 1, 2010

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Progress and impact series: Number 2 – April 2010 – World Malaria Day 2010: Africa Update

Apr 1, 2010

The report, released on World Malaria Day 2010, focuses on the fight against malaria through prevention and treatment in Africa and highlights the importance of achieving and sustaining malaria control as a key strategy for achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals in malaria endemic African countries.

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Progress and impact series: Number 1 – March 2010 – Malaria Funding & Resource Utilization: The First Decade of Roll Back Malaria

Mar 1, 2010

This first report released as part of the 2010-2011 Roll Back Malaria Progress and Impact series, highlights recent increase in external funding for malaria control over the last ten years in twelve countries due mainly to support from Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the US President’s Malaria Initiative and the World Bank Booster Program for Malaria Control in Africa.

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Access to sanitation in countries of East Asia: a snapshot of the status in 2008

Jan 9, 2010

A regional perspective based on new data from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation – Prepared for the 2nd East Asia Ministerial Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene Manila, Philippines.

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Countdown to 2015: Taking stock of maternal, newborn and child survival – Decade Report (2000-2010)

Jan 1, 2010

Countdown to 2015 is global movement of academics, governments, international agencies, health care professional associations, donors and nongovernmental organizations, with The Lancet as a key partner. It uses country-specific data to stimulate and support country progress towards achieving the health-related MDGs by focusing on coverage of effective interventions for maternal, newborn and child health and coverage determinants, including health systems and policies, financial flows and equity.

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The Dynamics of Social Change: Towards the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting in five African countries

Jan 1, 2010

This Innocenti Insight publication examines the social dynamics of the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in five countries – Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal and Sudan – and seeks to inform policies and programmes aimed at ending the practice.

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Children and AIDS: Fifth Stocktaking Report, 2010

Jan 1, 2010

Advocacy and investment on behalf of children affected by AIDS have had an impact, and the goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV appears within reach.

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Levels and Trends in Child Mortality, Report 2010

Jan 1, 2010

The United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) was formed in 2004 to share data on child mortality, harmonize estimates within the UN system, improve methods for child mortality estimation and produce consistent estimates of child mortality worldwide for reporting on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. IGME updates child mortality estimates annually, and this report presents the IGME’s latest estimates of under-five and infant mortality and assesses progress towards MDG 4 at the regional and global levels.

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Long-term evaluation of the Tostan programme in Senegal: Kolda, Thiès and Fatick regions

Jan 1, 2008

The report presents the results of an evaluation conducted to assess the long-term impact of Tostan programme. Tostan is a non-governmental organization set up in Senegal in 1991 to encourage social change based on capacity-building at the community level.

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Child labour and school attendance: Evidence from MICS and DHS surveys

Jan 1, 2008

Child labour is one of the obstacles on the way to the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education. This paper presents data on child labour and school attendance from 35 household surveys that cover one quarter of the world’s population. The data were collected with Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) between 1999 and 2005. Estimates for child labour and school attendance are described at the aggregate level for each country, as well as disaggregated by age, sex, place of residence and household wealth.

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Changing a Harmful Social Convention: Female genital mutilation/cutting, Innocenti Digest

Jan 1, 2008

This Innocenti Digest examines the prevalence of FGM/C and its social dynamics. It provides an explanation as to why the practice persists and of the elements necessary for its abandonment.

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Coordinated strategy to abandon FGM/C in one generation

Jan 1, 2007

This technical note describes a human rights-based approach to FGM/C programming and aims to provide guidance to programmers to bring about a large-scale abandonment of FGM/C in sub-Saharan Africa, Egypt and Sudan.

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Monitoring low birth weight: an evaluation of international estimates and an updated estimation procedure

Mar 1, 2005
Abstract
Objective: To critically examine the data used to produce estimates of the proportion of infants with low birth weight in developing
countries and to describe biases in these data. To assess the effect of adjustment procedures on the estimates and propose a modified estimation procedure for international reporting purposes.
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Child labour, education and the principle of non-discrimination

Jan 1, 2005

UNICEF estimates that out of the 115 million children out of school, 62 million of them are girls. Many of these children work but traditional indicators of child labour often underestimate the amount of girls’ work because they ignore household chores. The human rights principle of non-discrimination requires that all work by children – whether of a domestic nature or not – be considered equally in the analysis of child labour. This paper presents estimates of child labour in sub-Saharan Africa that include household chores and thus reveal the discrimination against girls. The authors also investigate to what extent participation in child labour leads to lower school attendance and increased repetition and drop-out rates, and whether child labour affects girls and boys differently. The data in the study were collected in MICS and DHS household surveys from 18 African countries.

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Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical exploration

Jan 1, 2005

The object of this study is to present estimates of prevalence levels of FGM/C across and within countries, as well as the circumstances surrounding the practice.

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