Stolen Childhoods

Annual Reports & Outlooks

Save the Children published the first report of an annual series presenting a new index, the End of Childhood Index. This index examines various factors that, together, will put an early end to childhood and prevent children from developing their potential. These include: malnutrition, lack of education, poverty and lack of access to health care, child labour exploitation, extreme violence, child marriage and teenage pregnancy. It ranks 172 countries according to the conditions of childhood, from the most preserved to the most eroded. Seven countries in West Africa are classified as the most endangered (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Angola, Niger).