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334 million: The number of people in Africa without an improved drinking water source in 2008 was 334 million

5: In Africa, there were almost five times as many people in rural areas without an improved drinking water source than in urban areas in 2008

8: In eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, less than half of the population uses an improved drinking water source

60: The global under-five mortality rate has declined by a third, from 89 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 60 in 2009

5: Five countries accounted for almost half of all under-five deaths globally in 2009

10: Ten of the countries with the highest under-five mortality rates reduced their rates by at least half between 1990 and 2009

50: All but three global regions in the developing world have reduced under-five mortality rates by at least 50 percent between 1990 and 2009

1 in 5: One in five adolescent girls in Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo has experienced sexual violence

1 in 6: One in six children in the developing world is engaged in child labour

67 million: The number of women 20-24 years old who were first married or in union by age 18 in the developing world was 67 million in 2009

231 million: The number of people in Africa who practice open defecation was 231 million in 2008

18: In 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, less than a quarter of the population uses an improved sanitation facility.

8: Eight of the sub-Saharan African countries with the highest numbers of new HIV infections reported condom use rate of 45 per cent or greater among males

3: Three sub-Saharan African countries with the highest numbers of new infections reported condom use rate of 45 per cent or greater among females

2 to 3: HIV prevalence among young women in Southern Africa is 2 to 3 times higher than among young men

890,000: The number of young people aged 15-24 newly infected with HIV was 890,000 in 2009

5 million: The number of young people aged 15-24 living with HIV globally in 2009 was an estimated 5 million

10: Skilled delivery attendance in developing countries increased 10 percentage points from 1990 to 2009

50: Only 50 per cent of births in rural areas of developing countries are attended by skilled health personnel

37: In Sub-Saharan Africa, 37 neonatal deaths occurred for every 1000 live births in 2009

41: Neonatal causes accounted for 41 per cent of all deaths among children under five globally in 2008

79: According to the latest estimates, 79 percent of women in the developing world receive antenatal care from a skilled health provider at least once during pregnancy

64: Sixty-four per cent of births in developing countries are attended by skilled health personnel

59: The percentage of children 6-9 months old receiving solid, semi-solid or soft foods while being breastfed is 59, based on data from 2005 to 2009

40 million: The number of newborns that are not protected against iodine deficiency disorder is 40 million, based on data from 2003 to 2009

19: In South Asia, 19 per cent of children under five are wasted, based on survey data from 2003 to 2009

1 in 3: One in three children under five years old in the developing world are stunted, based on survey data from 2003 to 2009

200 million: More than 200 million insecticide-treated nets were delivered to African countries from 2004 to 2009

45: The percentage of children under-five with diarrhoea from the wealthiest households in developing countries who receive appropriate care is 45, as compared with 33 per cent from the poorest households

37: The percentage of children under-five with diarrhoea living in rural areas of developing countries who receive the recommended treatment is 37, as compared to 41 for urban areas

1.5: In developing countries, rural children are 1.5 times more likely to be stunted than urban children

66: The number of countries having a national policy on the use of low-osmolarity ORS in the treatment of childhood diarrhea was 66 in 2009

8.1 million: The number of children who died before their fifth birthday in 2009 was 8.1 million

90: Of all malaria deaths worldwide, currently 90 per cent occur in sub-Saharan Africa

2 in 3: The number of under five children in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia whose births were unregistered between 2000 and 2008 is 2 in 3

45: The percentage of pregnant women living with HIV in low and middle-income countries in 2008 who received antiretroviral drugs is 45

38: The percentage of children under age 15 living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries in 2008 who received antiretroviral drugs is 38

68: The percentage of pregnant women in South Asia attended at least once during pregnancy by an antenatal care medical provider is 68

50: The proportion of infants who are exclusively breastfed in most countries is less than 50 per cent

63: Sixty-three per cent of births in developing countries are attended by skilled health personnel

10: Among the 67 countries with high under-five mortality rates, only 10 are on track to reduce child mortality by two thirds by 2015

10,000: In 2008, 10,000 fewer children under age five died every day than in 1990

7 in 15: The number of countries in which children with signs of disability experience statistically significantly harsher forms of discipline is 7 in 15

52: The per cent of women aged 15–49 years in developing countries (excluding China) who think that a husband is justified in hitting/beating his wife under certain circumstances is 52

195 million: The number of children in the developing world who are stunted is 195 million

5.2 million: The number of pre-school age children who suffer from clinical Vitamin A deficiency is 5.2 million

12: The number of developing countries and territories with secondary school participation ratios of 90 per cent or more is 12

17.5 million: The number of children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS was 17.5 million in 2008

87: The percentage of the world’s population using drinking water from improved sources was 87 in 2008

33.4 million: The number of people living with HIV as of 2008 was 33.4 million

51 million: The number of children unregistered at birth is 51 million

72: The percentage of all households in developing countries now consuming adequately iodized salt is 72

2: HIV prevalence among women in Eastern and Southern Africa is more than 2 times higher than among young men

300: The lifetime risk of maternal death is 300 times greater for women living in the least developed countries than it is for those from industrialized countries

70 million: The number of women and girls in 29 countries who have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting is 70 million

25,000: The average number of children dying each day is 25,000

3.3 million: The number of newborns worldwide dying in the first month of life is 3.3 million

90: Survival to the last primary grade for children in developing countries was more than 90 per cent from 2003-2008

129 million: The number of under-fives in developing regions who are underweight for their age is 129 million

2.5 billion: There are 2.5 billion people lacking access to improved sanitation facilities

500,000: More than 500,000 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth

8.8 million: The number of children who died before their fifth birthday in 2008 was 8.8 million

1,680 million: The total official development assistance given to maternal, newborn and child-specific health projects in 2006 rose to $1,680 million

1 in 3: In the least developed countries, 1 in 3 women do not receive any antenatal care during pregnancy

88: Of the 101 million children of primary school age not in school in 2007, 88 per cent lived in Asia or Africa

148 million: In 2007, 148 million children under age five in the developing world were underweight for their age

38: Globally, 38 per cent of infants less than six months old are exclusively breastfed

36: In the developing world excluding China, the latest international estimates indicate that 36 per cent of women aged 20–24 were married or in union before the age of 18

52: In developing countries, 52 million girls were out of primary school in 2006 as compared to 47 million boys

44: Globally, the female net secondary school attendance rate is 44 per cent

30: The global maternal mortality ratio has declined by 30 deaths per 100,000, from 430 in 1990 to 400 in 2005

92: Africa and Asia together accounted for 92 per cent of all under-five children’s deaths in 2007

81: Global coverage for DPT3 has slowly but steadily increased to 81 per cent in 2007, a remarkable improvement from 20 per cent in 1980

50: Fifty percent of girls and women aged 15-49 consider a husband justified in hitting his wife under certain circumstances

95: Africa and Asia account for 95 per cent of the world's maternal deaths

86: Some 86 per cent of newborn deaths globally are the direct result of three main causes: severe infections, asphyxia and preterm births

34: As of 2007, 34 developing countries had reached the universal salt iodization target

10: The vast majority of children living with HIV are in 10 countries that also comprise more than 60 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV

57: In the developing world (excluding China), 57 percent of children with pneumonia are taken to an appropriate health-care provider

1 in 3: About 1 in 3 of countries achieved gender parity in secondary education by 2005

1 in 6: One in six children in developing countries is engaged in child labour

1 in 3: One in three developing countries has birth registration rates of less than 50 per cent

10: Of the world’s 24 million children not immunized with DPT3, 17.5 million live in 10 countries

84: Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia accounted for 84 per cent of global maternal deaths in 2005

107: Worldwide, the under-five mortality rate was 107 in the poorest 60 percent households from 1998-2006, as compared to 67 in the richest 40 percent

150 million: More than 150 million insecticide-treated nets were delivered to African countries during 2004–2008

38: Children under-five with diarrhoea in sub-Saharan Africa receiving the recommended treatment increased from 32 per cent in 2000 to 38 per cent in 2008

60 million: Globally, over 60 million women aged 20–24 were married or in union before the age of 18

58: The percentage of children of secondary school age worldwide who attend secondary school is 58

920: Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest maternal mortality rate at 920 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births

32: The number of priority countries that reported on having achieved 80 per cent vitamin A coverage with two doses totaled 32 in 2007

36: The percentage of infants (0-5 months) exclusively breastfed in the developing world was 36 percent in 2006, up from 32 percent in 1996

1 of 3: About one of three countries achieved gender parity in secondary education by 2005

5: The prevalence of underweight children under-five in the developing world has declined by 5 percentage points between 1990 and 2006

3: The number of insecticide-treated mosquito nets produced worldwide has gone up more than three-fold from 2004 to 2007

1 in 5: Nearly 1 in 5 child deaths globally are as a result of pneumonia

1 in 4: Around 1 in 4 children under-five in the developing world are underweight

1 in 2: Approximately 1 in 2 underweight children in the developing world live in South Asia

61: The overall percentage of births in developing countries attended by skilled health personnel is 61%

5: Just 5 diseases – pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, measles and AIDS – account for half of all deaths in children under-five

1 in 3: More than 1 in 3 children with diarrhoeal diseases in the developing world receive the recommended treatment

2 of 3: About two of three countries and territories worldwide reached gender parity in primary education by the target year of 2005

34: The proportion of pregnant women in South Asia who received antenatal care at least four times is 34 percent

2 million: The number of children under 15 years living with HIV as of 2007 was 2 million

6 in 10: Six in ten births worldwide are attended by skilled health personnel

74: The under-five child mortality rate in developing countries dropped to 74 in 2007, from 103 in 1990

10: Newborns in developing countries are 10 times more likely to die than newborns in industrialized countries

2.6: The number of children under 15 years globally who were receiving antiretroviral therapy increased 2.6-fold between 2005 and 2007

77%: According to the latest estimates, 77 percent of women in the developing world receive antenatal care from a skilled health provider at least once during pregnancy

85%: Globally, the proportion of primary-school-age children who attend school is 85 percent

101 million: The number of children of primary school age who are out of school was 101 million in 2007

38%: The proportion of children under five with diarrhoea who receive recommended treatment in developing countries during 2000–2006

16%: The proportion of low birthweight deliveries in the developing world during 1999-2006

1 in 76: The lifetime risk of maternal death in developing countries as compared to 1 in 8000 in industrialized countries

19%: The increase in the recommended treatment for diarrhoea coverage in developing countries from 1995 to 2005

15%: The increase in antenatal care coverage in developing countries during the past decade

29%: The proportion of under-five deaths worldwide in 2004 due to Pneumonia

60%: The proportion of decline in deaths from measles globally between 2000 and 2005

2.2 billion: The number of mobile subscribers worldwide in 2005 – up from 11 million in 1990

72 million: The number of children of primary school age not in school in 2005

2 million: The number of people who were receiving antiretroviral therapy in developing regions as of December 2006

20% The proportion of decline of children who are underweight globally

31%: The percentage increase in antenatal care in Asia from 1990-2000

60 per cent: The proportion of children of secondary school age who attend secondary school

4 million: The number of newborns who perish in the first 28 days of life each year

2.6 billion: The number of people who did not use improved sanitation facilities in 2004

7%: The proportion of the population with Internet access in developing regions in 2004 compared to over 50% in developed regions

9.7 million: The number of children who died before their fifth birthday in 2006

1 in 6: The proportion of children of secondary school age who attend primary school

40% The proportion of infants in the developing world who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months

1.1 billion The number of people that need to be covered during 2005-2015 to meet the MDG drinking water target

2 of 3: The proportion of young women in 24 sub-Saharan countries who lack HIV/AIDS prevention knowledge

114: The number of countries where primary education lasts for six years

98: The number of countries which may not reach the MDG target for under-five mortality

80% The proportion of population in developing countries who have access to improved drinking water sources

30% The proportion of increased chances of receiving appropriate medical care for rich children with pneumonia as compared to poor children

10% The estimated proportion of land owned by women compared to men in parts of sub-Saharan Africa

10 per 1000: Average world child mortality rate in 60 years or so from now if the current rates of progress are maintained

24 million: The number of out-of-school children in West and Central Africa

1 of 5: The proportion of caregivers recognizing the 2 key symptoms of pneumonia

36%: The proportion of out-of-school children with uneducated mothers compared to 16% with educated mothers

2:1: The ratio of urban and rural women reporting at least 4 antenatal care visits

36%: The percentage increase in population served with improved drinking water sources in urban areas from 1990 to 2004

99%: The proportion of maternal deaths that occur in developing countries

95%: The proportion of new cases of pneumonia among children under five occurring in developing countries

1 in 143: The proportion of children who died before their 5th birthday in industrialized countries in 2002

65%: The proportion of out-of-school children who have never attended school globally in 2001/02

Across cultures, husbands decide on wife’s health care

146 million: The number of children under-five who are underweight in the developing world

163: The number of countries lacking sex-disaggregated data on school attendance

17 of 20: The number of countries with women parliamentarians using a quota system

84%: The proportion of employed women in sub-Saharan Africa working in the informal sector

Nominal wages for women is roughly 20% lower than men’s

80%: Men in 7 Middle East and North Africa countries who believe that university education is more important for boys.

60-90 hours: Estimated work hours per week for women in developing countries

$106 billion: The amount in US dollars of aid to developing countries in 2005

13 million: The number of hectares of land deforested in 2005

80%: The share of people using drinking water from improved sources in developing countries in 2004

38.6 million: The number of people living with HIV in 2005 - nearly half of whom are women

1000%: The increase in the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets in sub-Saharan Africa from 1999 to 2003

71%: The proportion of deliveries attended by skilled health care personnel in Northern Africa in 2004 compared to 56% in developing regions

10.5 million: The number of children who died before their fifth birthday in 2004 - mostly from preventable causes

73%: The proportion of children 12-23 months old immunized against measles in 2004

17%: The share of women in non-agricultural wage employment in Southern Asia in 2004 compared to 46% in developed regions

17%: The share of women in single or lower houses of parliament worldwide in 2006, up from 12% in 1990

82%: The distribution of primary-school age children out of school in rural areas compared to urban areas in 1996/2003

Universal primary education is in sight, though sub-Saharan Africa lags behind

824 million: The number of people in the developing world affected by chronic hunger in 2003

14.1%: The proportion of people living on less than $1 a day in Eastern Asia in 2002, down from 33.0% in 1990


 

 

 

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