Regional Office for South Asia
P. O. Box 5815
Atlas of South Asian Children and Women, prepared by UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, intends to provide an insight into human survival, protection and development in South Asian region.
The Atlas will help policy-makers, planners and researchers to understand the extent of South Asia’s complex problems of human survival and development. The most recent available data from the seven countries of one South Asian region have been used in preparing colour maps and charts. The accompanying text assesses, analyses and suggests remedial action for these key components:
- The poor rates of survival, growth and development of South Asia’s children and women;
- The inadequate access to food, health and care for the majority of women and children; and
- South Asia’s potentially adequate, yet often underused, human, economic and organisational resources.
The Atlas is divided into 14 sections: survival, nutrition, health, care, household food security, water and sanitation, health services, education, communications, religion, economic resources, child labour, agricultural production and human resources. Every section is complemented by meaningful photographs, which enhances the impact of the analyses. The Atlas is not simply a compilation of maps. It infers, assesses, analyses the information inside the maps. It goes much deeper and beyond the colourful maps and talks about the issues it deals with and also suggests remedial measures. The Atlas clearly demonstrates how an atlas should be. However, a reference map on the last page depicting the names of the states of various countries would have enabled the reader to relate the data to the state to which it belongs. A must read.
GIS Development Staff