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We've included below some useful statistics regarding the countries where you can sponsor a child.  These figures were taken from two recent UNICEF reports on the state of Children's health and NationMaster (see Additional Info page).  IMR U5 per 1000 births is the infant mortality rate for under 5's.  In other words, the number of children in every 1000 who die before their 5th birthday.  If this statistic alone isn't enough to convince you to become a sponsor, then we don't know what will?!

The most important column is the last one - it shows which charities work in that country, and links to the relevant page on their website

To put these statistics in perspective, the UK's figures are below:

Population
(millions)
Per capita
income $
Life expectancy
years
Access to water
% of pop.
Access to
sanitation
% of pop.
IMR U5 per 1000
births
            60.028,350791001006



CountryPopulation
(millions)
Per capita
income
$
Life
expectancy
years
Access to
water
% of pop.
Access to
sanitation
% of pop.
IMR U5
per 1000
births
Charity
Burundi6.8100417829190ActionAid,
SOS
D R Congo56.6100424529205Abaana, SOS,
Lily Foundation
Egypt74.7139069976841Plan, SOS
Ethiopia70.79041226171Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Compassion,
EveryChild
Kenya32.0336445738123Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Compassion,
ActionAid,
Boo, Equipe,
ICT,
Out of Afrika
Malawi12.1146375744183Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Abaana,
EveryChild,
ActionAid
Mozambique18.8210314227197World Vision,
ActionAid,
SOS
Rwanda8.3220394141203Compassion,
ActionAid,
SOS, FHI,
An Open Door,
RSVP
Somalia9.9130472925225ActionAid,
SOS
South Africa45.0278046866766World Vision,
SOS,
Kingscare
Sudan38.128056693494Plan, SOS
Tanzania36.9261436846165Plan, SOS,
Compassion,
ActionAid,
ACT, Equipe
Uganda25.8231445241141Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Compassion,
Abaana, GIF,
EveryChild,
ActionAid,
Equipe, FHI
Global Care,
Kingscare,
An Open Door,
Fields of Life
Zambia10.8322335529192Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Abaana, ACT,
ActionAid
Zimbabwe12.9490338357126Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Global Care

Southern Africa has always been a very poor part of the world, and these figures prove it.  Income is tiny, IMR is approximately 1 in 5 in most countries and access to water and sanitation is as low as 1 in 16.  But perhaps the most horrific statistic is that in 5 of these countries, life expectancy is in the 30's, less than half that of the UK's.






CountryPopulation
(millions)
Per capita
income
$
Life
expectancy
years
Access to
water
% of pop.
Access to
sanitation
% of pop.
IMR U5
per 1000
births
Charity
Benin7.0344516332156Plan, SOS
Burkina
Fasso
13.2191444212207Plan, SOS,
Compassion,
ACT
Cameroon16.0555465848166Plan, SOS
Gambia1.5283546253126ActionAid,
SOS
Ghana20.9280567358100Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
ActionAid
Guinea9.0347494813169Plan, SOS
Guinea-
Bissau
1.5140455625211Plan, SOS
Liberia3.3130416226235ActionAid,
SOS
Mali13.0215454820222Plan, SOS
Niger11.9179424612265Plan, SOS,
World Vision
Nigeria133.8277516033198ActionAid,
SOS, ACT,
Kingscare
Senegal10.544853728138Plan, SOS,
World Vision
Sierra
Leone
5.7120345739284Plan, SOS,
ActionAid
Togo5.4235505128141Plan, SOS

Western Africa is also a historically poor region.  Income is miniscule, and the IMR is approximately 1 in 4 in many countries.  Access to sanitation is particularly poor, in many countries it's 1 in 8 or less. 




CountryPopulation
(millions)
Per capita
income
$
Life
expectancy
years
Access to
water
% of pop.
Access to
sanitation
% of pop.
IMR U5
per 1000
births
Charity
Afghanistan28.725043138257ActionAid
Bangladesh146.735161753477Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
ActionAid,
Compassion,
Global Care
Cambodia14.1254573016140Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
EveryChild,
SCC
China1304.287871754439Plan, SOS,
ActionAid,
Child Link
East Timor0.8430505233126Plan
India1065.545463843093Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Compassion,
EveryChild
ActionAid,
Child Link,
Global Care,
Heal, ICT,
Kingscare,
An Open Door,
Enable,
Project Mala
Indonesia219.861767785245Plan, SOS,
Compassion
Nepal25.122059842791Plan, SOS,
ActionAid,
EBTrust
Pakistan153.3398619054107Plan, SOS,
ActionAid
Philippines84.695569857338Plan, SOS,
Compassion
Sri Lanka19.783172778919Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Global Care,
ICT, Kingscare
Thailand64.2183669849928Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Compassion,
EveryChild
Vietnam81.640169734139Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
ActionAid

In Asia it's the sheer scale of the problem that's bewildering.  Everyone knows that China and India are the 2 most populous countries in the world, but it's not so widely known that countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and even the Philippines and Vietnam have populations well in excess of the UK's.  As an example, in China 1 in 4 are without access to water.  This equates to 326m people, the same as the population of the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Australia combined.  And the number of Chinese without access to sanitation is more than double this number!







CountryPopulation
(millions)
Per capita
income
$
Life
expectancy
years
Access to
water
% of pop.
Access to
sanitation
% of pop.
IMR U5
per 1000
births
Charity
Dominican
Republic
8.7207067865738Plan, SOS,
Compassion,
ActionAid
El Salvador6.4201370776339Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Compassion
Guatemala12.3140665926149Plan, SOS,
Compassion,
ActionAid,
Global Care,
Kingscare
Haiti8.3380504634123Plan, SOS,
Compassion
Honduras6.988966883042Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Compassion
Mexico104.9524272887729Compassion,
SOS
Nicaragua5.534769773441Plan, SOS,
Compassion,
ActionAid

In Central America, access to sanitation is as low as 1 in 3, and IMR as high as 1 in 8.







CountryPopulation
(millions)
Per capita
income
$
Life
expectancy
years
Access to
water
% of pop.
Access to
sanitation
% of pop.
IMR U5
per 1000
births
Charity
Albania3.5118272978930Plan, CRY,
EveryChild,
SOS,
Kingscare
Bulgaria7.91756711009216EveryChild,
SOS
Romania22.3173370575121CRY, SOS,
EveryChild,
Global Care
Russia144.5175067967621EveryChild,
SOS, ARRC
Ukraine48.573266989320EveryChild,
CRY, ARRC

Despite being in the so called "developed" world, these eastern European countries still have an IMR up to 5 times worse than that in the UK, and not everyone has access to water or sanitation.







CountryPopulation
(millions)
Per capita
income
$
Life
expectancy
years
Access to
water
% of pop.
Access to
sanitation
% of pop.
IMR U5
per 1000
births
Charity
Bolivia8.889064834571Plan, SOS,
World Vision,
Compassion,
ActionAid
Brazil178.5271068875036Plan, SOS
World Vision,
Compassion,
EveryChild,
ActionAid
Chile15.8439076939212World Vision,
SOS
Colombia44.2181071918623Plan, SOS,
Compassion,
Global Care
Ecuador13.0101871857229Plan, SOS,
Compassion,
ActionAid
Guyana0.890063836772EveryChild
Paraguay6.0110071785630Plan, SOS
Peru28.4183770806239Plan, SOS,
Compassion,
EveryChild,
ActionAid,
Kingscare

Only half of Brazil's 178m people have access to sanitation.  How can that be?





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