Statistics and Monitoring

Core indicators in depth

UNICEF headquarters maintains a series of global databases on key indicators for monitoring the situation of children and women. This compilation of data is facilitated by the wide network of UNICEF field offices which submit updated information to Headquarters on an annual basis. These data are complemented by information obtained through the ongoing collaboration with other relevant UN organizations, as well as through other sources such as the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). Prior to inclusion in the UNICEF global databases, the data are rigorously evaluated against a set of objective criteria to ensure an evidence base of the highest quality.

UNICEF maintains as a source of up-to-date statistical information. Databases presently available on this site include:



Child Survival

·          Under-five child mortality

·          Neonatal mortality


Child Health

·          Pneumonia

·          Diarrhea

·          Malaria

·          Immunization


Child Nutrition

·          Malnutrition

·          Low birthweight

·          Infant and young child feeding (incl. breastfeeding data)


Maternal Health

·          Antenatal care

·          Delivery care

·          Maternal mortality

·          Newborn care


Water and Sanitation

·          Water

·          Sanitation

·          Hygiene



·          Primary Education

·          Secondary Education

·           Literacy


Early Childhood Development


Child Disability


Child Protection

·          Birth Registration

·          Child Labour

·          Child Marriage

·          Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting (FGM/C)

·          Violence against children






Access all of UNICEF’s statistical information, including data used in UNICEF’s flagship publications, The State of the World’s Children, and reporting on Progress for Children toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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