In commemoration of its founding 100 years ago, Save the Children has released this third annual Global Childhood Report to celebrate progress for children. We examine the major reasons why childhood comes to an early end, and find significantly fewer children suffering ill-health, malnutrition, exclusion from education, child labor, child marriage, early pregnancy and violent death. In the year 2000, an estimated 970 million children were robbed of their childhoods due to these causes. That number today has been reduced to 690 million2 – meaning at least 280 million children are better off today than they would have been two decades ago.

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