Paediatric Snapshot

The Kingdom of Tonga, with a population of Population 103,197, is a Polynesian country and archipelago comprising some 170 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. Around 37% of the population is under 15.

Child Survival  
Infant Mortality 14/1000
Under 5 Mortality 16.6/1000
Maternal Mortality (Aust = 6.8/100,000) 124/100,000
Exclusive Breast Feeding 52% to 5 months
Stunting 8%
Wasting 5% < 5 yr Children
Immunisation Rates 99%: 3rd DTP;
2nd MMR
WASH* 100% drinking water, 93% at least basic sanitation
Comments Obesity and NCDs a significant concern; 17% children overweight in 2016
Poverty A significant concern. 2009 data: 22%; many just above poverty line & vulnerable
Adolescents Mental Health  
Attempted Suicide 35% in school attendees in 2010 data
Adolescent Fertility 3% give birth before 18 yrs
Child Protection No child protection system, legal framework or child welfare agency
Child Sexual Abuse Data lacking
Comments Evidence of child labour, esp forced domestic labour
Education Youth literacy (15-24 yrs) 99%
Primary 93%
Secondary 79%

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