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.
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.
Nearly half of children under five in DR Congo are underweight; similarly, it’s more than four in ten in Niger, Madagascar, Sudan and Eritrea. But children are mostly fat and healthy in Algeria, Egypt, Sao Tome and Morocco.
An infant is considered to have low birth weight if they weigh less than 2500 grams (2.5kg) at birth. In this dataset of 19 African countries, nearly a third of babies in Sudan are born underweight, but just 6% in Algeria.