In Africa only 7.3% of babies are born via caesarean section, but its a very mixed picture across the continent. Some countries have very high rates such as Egypt (51.8%) and Mauritius (47%), the highest in Africa.
In the past quarter century, the number of childhood deaths globally have been cut by half, representing one of the most dramatic advances in human health in history.
In much of Africa, children are named after the circumstances of their birth. As circumstances change, so will the names.
The Child Development Index is an index combining performance measures specific to children — primary education, child health and nutrition. A zero score would be best; the higher the score, the worse children are faring.
Some countries – including Mauritius, Seychelles and Egypt – have near universal immunisation rates for measles, in at least five others, it is less than half (50%). The measles vaccine is typically given at nine months of age.
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