Global child deaths plunge by 12,000 a day
Global child deaths plunge by 12,000 a day – Health – msnbc.com.
The annual number of children who die before they reach age five is shrinking, falling to 7.6 million global deaths in 2010 from more than 12 million in 1990, according to UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
Overall, 12,000 fewer children under age 5 die each day than a decade ago, the groups said in their annual report on child mortality.
Even in sub-Saharan Africa, where the burden of child mortality is greatest, the rate of improvement has more than doubled in the past decade.
“But we cannot for a moment forget the chilling fact of around 21,000 children dying every day from preventable causes,” he added.
Between 1990 and 2010, the annual number of deaths in children under five fell to 57 per 1,000 births in 2010, from 88 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990.
About half of all under 5 deaths in the world took place in just five countries in 2010: India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and China.
In sub-Saharan Africa, one in eight children and in southern Asia one in 15 children die before reaching age five.
That compares with 1 in 143 children dying before age 5 in developed countries.
NeilS – Yes, a sigh of relief for some good news. With economic and political concerns becoming a chronic annoyance, it is uplifting to see that investment in countries that need it the most is paying off, at least for the children. Of course, the numbers are not great but at least they are on the right track. That is more than we can say for poverty in the United States right now.
21,000 preventable child deaths per day is still far too many. I hope that one day, when I am an old man, I can look back at these tragic deaths and take small comfort in the fact that they occur no more.