Social Indicators Research

, Volume 105, Issue 3, pp 309–322 | Cite as

An Index of Child Health in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of Africa



In this article we present a new composite index of child health, applied to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of Africa, one of the areas of the planet most castigated by poverty. Our index has been constructed attending to the variables defined in the Goals of the Millennium Declaration. For this purpose we will use the P2 distance method for the year 2008, the last year for which data are available. This index integrates variables of child health that permit a territorial ordering of the LDCs of Africa, in terms of those partial indicators.


Synthetic indicators Territorial disparities Child health Least developed countries of African Measurement of distance P2 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento De Economía Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y EmpresarialesUniversidad De GranadaGranadaSpain

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