Save the Children’s 2019 Global Childhood Report comprises End of Childhood Index that evaluates countries on the well being of children. Save the Children has evaluated countries on eight indicators to determine the well being of children and teenagers (0-19 years).
Save the Children’s third annual End of Childhood Index compares the latest data for 176 countries – more than any other year – and assesses where the most and fewest children are missing out on childhood. Singapore tops the ranking with a score of 989.
• Child mortality rate reduced by 55% in the last two decades in India. It was 88 deaths per 1,000 live births in year 2000 now it was recorded 39 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017.
• India’s performance is better than Pakistan (74.9) only while Sri Lanka (8.8), China (9.3), Bhutan (30.8), Nepal (33.7) and Bangladesh (32.4) have all outperformed India.
• Low height for age, among children below age five, fell 25% globally from 198 million children to 149 million between 2000 and 2019.
• In India about 38% of children under five were stunted, the second-worst performance compared to its neighbours after Pakistan (40.8%). China (6%) had the lowest rate in the region, followed by Nepal (13.8%), Sri Lanka (17.3%), Bangladesh (17.4%) and Bhutan (19.1%).