Significant Progress, Room for Improvement

Ethiopia’s African Child Policy Forum just released its latest report ranking countries on a “Child-Friendliness Index” with a call to action.  
 
The rankings, released periodically since 2008, look at efforts around children’s health like poverty rates, nutrition and education. Some advanced significantly in the last decade, but others lag behind with high childhood mortality and low vaccination rates.
 
The report points out, however, that even progressive countries aren’t prepared for UNICEF’s projection that Africa’s under-18 population could reach 1 billion by 2050. Governments need to invest in critical measures like protective policies for vulnerable populations and involve young people in budget processes, the report suggests.
 
NPR Goats and Soda

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