CHILDREN IN NEED
- Around 70% of early childhood deaths are the result of easily preventable and treatable conditions.
- Almost 9 million children under the age of 5 die every year.
- Nearly a quarter of the world’s children (535 million children) live in conflict or disaster riddled areas.
- In Sudan, 59% of children are not receiving schooling.
- In our current decade, 175 million children will be affected by climate change.
- Every day, 1,600 children die from diarrheal diseases that can be prevented with proper sanitation.
- 3.1 million children die from hunger each year.
- 1 in 4 of the world’s children are stunted. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.
- 100 million children in developing countries, or one in 6, are underweight.
- More than 80% of the world’s most in need populations live in areas frequently experiencing natural disasters, which affects children most of all.
- Sub-Saharan Africa is home to three-quarters of the global number of children living in emergency-stricken countries with 393 million children.
- Nearly 50 million children per year are uprooted from their homes due to emergencies.
- In the last decade, more than 150,000 deaths can be attributed to climate change, with 9 out of 10 deaths being children.
- In 2014, the total number of international adoptions was only 9,000.
- The average age of children in foster care is 7.5.
- Every year there are more than 23,000 children who age out of foster care, leaving them without families.
- Intercountry adoption has dropped 59% since 2004.
- There are over 150 million documented orphans across the world, with countless more left undocumented.
- Of these orphans, the majority are found in Sub-Saharan Africa (56 million documented orphans) and in South Asia (40 million documented orphans).
- In Sub-Saharan Africa, there are so many orphans that they make up a measurable slice of the population. In Lesotho, orphans make up 11% of the population, and in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa, orphans make up 8% of the population in each country.
- HIV/AIDs is the cause for 3 out of 4 orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- In South Asia, an orphaned child is one-third times less likely to attend school.
- 1.2 million orphaned children are the target of traffickers each year.