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Precision maps pinpoint areas of improvement and failure in Africa

Steady progress has been made in many parts of Africa on children's health and education, but stark inequalities remain in some regions, according to precision maps from two new studies. The researchers, writing Wednesday in Nature, add that none of the continent's countries are likely to end childhood malnutrition by the United Nations' goal of 2030.

Why it matters:

"Such fine-grained insight brings tremendous responsibility to act. It shows governments, international agencies and donors exactly where to direct resources and support. ... Without good data, we’re flying blind. If you can’t see it, you can’t solve it."
— Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations, wrote in Nature
Reproduced from Osgood-Zimmerman, et al., 2018, "Mapping child growth failure in Africa between 2000 and 2015"; Map: Axios Visuals