Fast facts

67 million children

Were not attending primary school in 2011, 53 per cent girls.

Quote of the month

Improving learning - from early childhood to adulthood - is fundamental if the benefits of education for the individual, the community and the nation are to be realised.

Jo Bourne, UNICEF Associate Director and Global Chief of Education

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).