1. Around 70% of early childhood deaths are the result of easily preventable and treatable conditions.
  2. Almost 9 million children under the age of 5 die every year.
  3. Nearly a quarter of the world’s children (535 million children) live in conflict or disaster riddled areas.
  4. In Sudan, 59% of children are not receiving schooling.
  5. In our current decade, 175 million children will be affected by climate change.
  6. Every day, 1,600 children die from diarrheal diseases that can be prevented with proper sanitation.
  7. 3.1 million children die from hunger each year.
  8. 1 in 4 of the world’s children are stunted. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.
  9. 100 million children in developing countries, or one in 6, are underweight.


  1. More than 80% of the world’s most in need populations live in areas frequently experiencing natural disasters, which affects children most of all.
  2. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to three-quarters of the global number of children living in emergency-stricken countries with 393 million children.
  3. Nearly 50 million children per year are uprooted from their homes due to emergencies.
  4. In the last decade, more than 150,000 deaths can be attributed to climate change, with 9 out of 10 deaths being children.


  1. In 2014, the total number of international adoptions was only 9,000.
  2. The average age of children in foster care is 7.5.
  3. Every year there are more than 23,000 children who age out of foster care, leaving them without families.
  4. Intercountry adoption has dropped 59% since 2004.


  1. There are over 150 million documented orphans across the world, with countless more left undocumented.
  2. Of these orphans, the majority are found in Sub-Saharan Africa (56 million documented orphans) and in South Asia (40 million documented orphans).
  3. 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.
  4. HIV/AIDs is the cause for 3 out of 4 orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  5. In South Asia, an orphaned child is one-third times less likely to attend school.
  6. 1.2 million orphaned children are the target of traffickers each year.