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Roger LeMoyne


Middle East and Northern Africa

Basic Indicators
INDICATOR
REGION
WORLD
Total population (2003)
362,498,000
6,286,228,000
Population under 18 (2003)
153,400,000
2,183,635,000
Population under five (2003)
44,212,000
618,227,000
Life expectancy at birth (2003)
67
63
Infant mortality rate, per 1,000 live births (2003)
45
54
Percentage of infants with low birthweight (1998-2003)
15
16
Under-five mortality rate, per 1,000 live births (2003)
56
80
Maternal mortality ratio, per 100,000 live births (2000 adj.)
220
400
Net primary school enrolment/attendance (1996-2003)
79
80
Adult literacy rate (2000)
63
80
Percentage of population using improved drinking water sources (2002)
87
83
Percentage of population using adequate sanitation facilities (2002)
72
58
Percentage of of 1-year-old children immunized (2003) against:
  Tuberculosis
88
85
  DPT3 (diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus)
87
78
  Polio3
87
79
  Measles
88
77
  Hepatitis B3
71
42


Economic indicators
GNI per capita (US$) 2003
1,465
5,488
GDP per capita (US$) annual growth rate (1990-2003)
2.0
2.1
Average annual rate of inflation (1990-2003)
15
7
Percentage of population living on less than $1 a day (1990-2002)
3
21
Percentage of central government expenditure (1992-2002) allocated to:
  health
4
12
  education
14
5
  defence
13
10
Percentage share of household income (1990-2002):
  lowest 40 per cent
17
18
  highest 20 per cent
46
43


HIV/AIDS
Adult prevalence rate (15-49 years)
0.3
1.1
Estimated number of adults and children (0-49 years) with HIV/AIDS
510,000
37,800,000
Estimated number of children (0-14 years) with HIV/AIDS
22,000
2,100,000
Estimated number of children (0-17 years) orphaned by HIV/AIDS
n/a
15,000,000


UNICEF’s work on early childhood development [Web]

Beyond Child Labour, Affirming Rights [PDF]

Profiting from abuse [PDF]

Finance development: Invest in children [PDF]


“I think it's wonderful that people are realizing the pain of child labour... children should know what it feels like to be children... it is definitely not right to push them so far ahead and fill in the shoes of adults...”.
girl, 21, Malaysia

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Percentage of infants who receive DPT3 vaccine: 76

Number of infants vaccinated each year: 100 million.

Number of child lives that could be saved each year through routine immunization: 2.2 million

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