- Nigeria has not been faring well in global rankings in recent times
- A new report shows that Nigeria is ranked the bottom 10 for performance on child flourishing
- Nigeria ranks 174 out of 180 countries, below Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and South Sudan
Nigeria has been ranked in the bottom 10 for performance on child flourishing by a report released on Wednesday, February 19.
The report was by a commission convened by UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF The Lancet.
Legit.ng gathered that the ranking is based on factors including measures of child survival and well-being such as health, education, nutrition, equity and income gaps.
The report, A Future for the World’s Children? includes a new global index of 180 countries, comparing performance on child flourishing.
Nigeria ranks 174 out of 180 countries, below Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.
According to the report, no single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures.
“We all have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect the health and future of every Nigerian child,” said Claes Johansson, UNICEF Nigeria representative said.
The index shows that children in Norway, the Republic of Korea, and the Netherlands have the best chance at survival and well-being, while children in the Central African Republic, Chad, Somalia, Niger and Mali face the worst odds.
“From the climate crisis to obesity and harmful commercial marketing, children around the world are having to contend with threats that were unimaginable just a few generations ago,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
Recall that last month, UNICEF revealed that over 20,000 grave violations were carried out against Nigerian children in the last seven years.
UNICEF while warning that children across the globe have continued to pay a deadly price in the face of the conflict said, more than 170,000 grave violations have been carried out against children.
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