Pictorial representations of indices of the well-being of children around the world
General notes on maps
These maps are included to illustrate various aspects of the lives of children around the world. The selected indices capture some important but not all elements that affect children's well-being. Data sources for illustrations are given on each map. For illustrations based on data from tables in The State of the World's Children 2000, see 'General note on the data' and the relevant table for further explanation of the data. As many countries as space allows have been included. Some island nations are surrounded by a box if an indicator may not otherwise be seen easily. Together, these maps present a snapshot of the well-being of children today. When the data on these maps are correlated, they show that negative conditions do not occur in isolation but, instead, clump together with the same children being affected by multiple and simultaneous events. These maps are graphic reminders of the effect of the absence, collapse or destruction of social service networks. However, the maps are ultimately positive as they also demonstrate the long-term benefits of social investment and stable environments on the welfare of women and children.