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close this bookThe Condition of Young Children in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Convergence of Health, Nutrition, and Early Education (WB, 1996, 64 p.)
close this folder2. The status of children In sub-Saharan Africa
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View the documentProgress in human development
View the documentPhysical needs: Survival, health, and nutrition
View the documentEducational profile
View the documentEarly interventions, school readiness and subsequent performance
View the documentThe challenge ahead
View the document3. What can early childhood development programs do?
View the documentImproving child quality
View the documentIncreasing the efficiency of primary and secondary school investments
View the documentEnhancing the economic contribution of the child to society
View the documentReducing social inequity
View the documentAddressing the intersecting needs of women and children
View the documentCreating synergistic effects of health, nutrition, and early stimulation

Progress in human development

The Sub-Saharan Africa region lags significantly behind the rest of the developing world in human development, despite important gains over the past 30 years. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a comprehensive measure of human development through combining indicators of real purchasing power, education and health. Using this indicator, the developing world has made clear progress in human development over the last three decades. Between 1960 and 1992, the overall HDI for developing countries increased from 0.26 to 0.54. Although the countries in SSA region also made progress, the region remains the least developed according to the HDI measurement. Forty-one of the 54 low human development countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa.