aid, children's rights, health

Children’s Rights (11): More Children Surviving Beyond Fifth Birthday

Child mortality rates

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Thanks to scaled up support for simple, relatively inexpensive solutions like anti-malaria mosquito nets, measles vaccinations and vitamin supplements, the number of children dying before their fifth birthdays each year has been cut to the lowest level ever on record, 8.8 million, according to a report released today by Unicef. “This enormous global progress – 10,000 fewer children dying each day than in 1990 – is something to celebrate and carry forward,” said ONE President and CEO David Lane. (source, source)

However, there are still 8.8 million under-fives dying each year of treatable diseases, 40% of them in just three countries: India, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. That’s unimaginable and a lot more work needs to be done.

Of these 8.8 million, 1.5 million children per year die of diarrhea, an easily preventable disease.

Inexpensive and effective treatments for diarrhea exist, but in developing countries only 39 percent of children with diarrhea receive the recommended treatment. Ann Veneman (source)

Read more on infant mortality rates. Or browse some more statistics on this topic.

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