Nigeria currently ranks in the bottom 10 globally in measurements of children’s survival, health, education and nutrition, a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has shown.
The report said Nigeria ranks 174 out of 180 countries, just below Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and South Sudan based on a “child flourishing index”.
The ranking is based on factors including child survival and well-being such as health, education, nutrition, equity and income gaps.
In a statement sent to Premium Times, UNICEF said the report released on Wednesday, was convened by the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and The Lancet. It was funded by Bills and Melinda Gates Foundation.
New global index
The report, which is titled ‘A Future for the World’s Children’ includes a new global index of 180 countries, comparing performance on child flourishing.
UNICEF said the report showed that the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practises “that push heavily processed fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco at children”.
The report also said “no single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures”.