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What happens during the very earliest years of a child's life, from birth to age three, influences how the rest of childhood and adolescence unfolds. Yet, this critical time is usually neglected in the policies, programmes and budgets of countries. Drawing from reports from the world over, The State of the World's Children 2001 details the daily lives of parents and other caregivers who are striving – in the face of war, poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic – to protect the rights and meet the needs of these young children. Country profiles, maps and statistical data for 193 countries are also presented.
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