Child Poverty in Africa – the facts

Published on Fight Poverty, source: World Bank/UNICEF, not dated.

  • 200,000 child slaves are sold every year in Africa. There are an estimated 8,000 girl-slaves in West Africa alone. (sources: BBC 5 October, 2001 & Anti-Slavery Society)
  • About 120,000 African children are participating in armed conflicts. Some are as young as 7 years old. (source: Africa Children’s Charter… see also UA)
  • Children account for half of all civilian casualties in wars in Africa. (source: Africa 2015)
  • One in six African children dies before the age of five. Most of these deaths could be prevented. (source: Africa 2015)
  • Nearly one third of children in Sub-Saharan Africa are underweight. (source: UNICEF)   
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, measles takes the life of a child nearly every minute of every day. An effective measles vaccine costs as little as $1 per child. (source: UNICEF)
  • Between 12 and 14 million African children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. (source: World Bank/UNICEF)
  • Nearly 2 million children under 14 years old are HIV positive. (source: UNICEF)
  • 43% of children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have safe, accessible drinking water. (source: UNICEF)
  • 64% of children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have adequate sanitation. (source: UNICEF)
  • Only 57% of African children are enrolled in primary education, and one in three of those does not complete school. (source: Africa 2015)
  • For every 100 boys there are only 83 girls enrolled at primary school.

What are the major challenges facing Africa today? … (full long text).

Link: ZAMBIA: School Policy for Teen Mothers a Partial Success, Published on IPS, by Violet Nakamba Mengo, March 19, 2010.

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