Fast facts

3.8% of national income

Was spent by low-income countries on education in 2011, compared to 2.9 per cent in 1999.

Quote of the month

The equity approach is not only right in principle. It is right in practice.

Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director

Committing to Child Survival: A promise Renewed

In many countries of the region under five mortality is 50–100 percent higher in families in the poorest wealth quintile compared to the richest.

The CEECIS region accounts for only one per cent of the global death toll on pneumonia and diarrhea. Governments with support from UNICEF, WHO and other partners carried out effective programmes to address pneumonia and diarrhoea which led to substantial decreases in child death in the 22 countries and entities that make up this region. This has been reported in 'Committing to Child Survival: A Promised Renewed' (2012).