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May 2002Vol. 3, No. 4KIDS COUNT International Data Sheet Released

The 1990 United Nations World Summit for Children set an agenda for countries to improve the lives of all children. Based on the most recent internationally comparable data available from UNICEF and other United Nations organizations, the KIDS COUNT International Data Sheet reports dramatic improvements and continuing disparities in selected measures of child and maternal health, access to education, and teen birth rates.

The Population Reference Bureau and Child Trends—in collaboration with UNICEF—produced a wallchart of the world's 100 most populous countries that lists their respective status of children on 10 key indicators including mortality rates, malnourishment, births with a skilled attendant at delivery, and the number of AIDS orphans.

Highlights of the results include the following:

  • Between 1990 and 2000, the global mortality rate for children under age 5 dropped more than 10 percent
  • Worldwide, polio cases dropped by 99 percent from 1988-2000
  • From 1990-1999, immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus (DPT) increased in former Central and Eastern Europe and USSR countries, Latin America, and the Caribbean but decreased in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
  • Many nations improved access to sanitary waste disposal during the 1990s
  • Teen smoking in developed countries was high: Data from 1997-1998 show that teens in Germany, Hungary, and France smoked more on a daily basis than teens in the United States
  • During the 1990s, access to primary education ranged from 90 percent to 60 percent, and in some regions access was higher among boys.

The datasheet and summary can be found on the following websites:


Additional information on the data and sources can be obtained from:

Population Reference Bureau
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20009-5728
Phone: 202-483-1100
Fax: 202-328-3937

Child Trends
Jenice Robinson
Phone: 202-362-5580