oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Editor's note
In a child lies the future of any nation. The good news in the recently released report "The Child Development Index 2012 : Progress, challenges and inequality" is particularly welcome. "The story in numbers (as given in the report indicate) : 127 countries improved their scores on the Child Development Index in the period of 2005-10; 9,000 fewer children under-five died per day on average in the period of 2005-10 than in 1995-99, 50 million more children were in primary school in the period of 2005-10 than in 1995-99; 36 million fewer children were underweight in 2005-10 than 1995-99; But ... more children suffered from acute malnutrition in 2005-10than in the first half of the 2000s." The Child mortality index is based on i) under-five mortality ii) primary school aged children not in school and iii) prevalence of being underweight.
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