Child deaths fall below 10 million for the first time in 2006

Less than 10 million children under the age of 5 died last year. This is the first time this has ever happened. In 1990, 13 million died, and normally over 10 million die. Of these 9.7 million children, 3.1 million are from South Asia, and 4.8 million are from Sub-Saharan Africa. They are concentrated in rural areas and among the poorest households. Between 2000 and 2004 child mortality rates has declined by more than 20% in Malawi, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda and Tanzania.  Here are some of the reasons for the reduction:

  • Early and exclusive breast feeding
  • Measles Immunization
  • Vitamin A Supplements
  • Insecticide Treated bed nets to prevent malaria
  • Bill Gates 🙂

“The new figures show that progress is possible if we act with renewed urgency to scale-up interventions that have proven successful,” said Veneman. “There is a clear need for action on child survival in Africa and beyond.”

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