New index ranks African countries on child welfare

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 20 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2607
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    A league table of African governments’ child friendliness has been launched in Nairobi to mark the universal day of the child on 20 November.

    The ranking has been compiled by the Addis Ababa based African Child Policy Forum to encourage African governments to be “more accountable to their future citizens.”

    The survey, which ranks 52 African countries on more than 40 indicators, finds that some of the poorest nations are the most child friendly, because they have laws and policies in place to protect children’s rights. In addition, they have targeted their limited resources to provide basic needs for their …

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