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October 20, 2014

Efforts to reduce global childhood deaths may be working

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The global death rate for children under five years old has dropped by 2 per cent since 1990, according to a new study in the Lancet. While 7.7 million children are expected to die this year, the figure is dramatically lower than the 11.9 million deaths in 1990.
From the Lancet: “Measurement of mortality in children younger than 5 years shows that accelerating declines are occurring in several low-income countries. These positive developments deserve attention and might need enhanced policy attention and resources.”