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The Prevalence of Household Risk Factors for Children Age 0-17, Estimated for 2000-2015 Using DHS and MICS Surveys

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ICF International,USAID, US Agency for International Development

Produced by ICF International with support from USAID, this publication uses data from the Demographic Health Surveys Program (DHS) to estimate the prevalence, different parts, and combinations of vulnerability for children aged 0-17. Data was examined from 70 different countries between 2000 and 2014 and was cross-analyzed with estimates from the U.N. Population Division. Four components of vulnerability, as identified by UNICEF, were used as the baseline for data aggregation:

  1. the child has lost one or both parents;
  2. the child is not living with either parent;
  3. the child lives in a household in which no adult has any formal education;
  4. the child’s household is in the bottom two wealth quintiles.

By identifying countries with the highest combined prevalence of vulnerability, it is hoped that these estimates will be used to assess the need for assistance and the coverage of programmes.

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