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Child Mortality Rates Fall Worldwide

The Economist reports that, according to a report published by Unicef, mortality rates for children under five years old have declined throughout the world, including in most major regions and in countries with little development to full industrialization. The Economist writes:

The child mortality rate—the number of under-fives dying per thousand live births—declined from 90 in 1990 to 65 in 2008, a drop of over a quarter. The number of deaths has fallen from 12.5m in 1990 to 8.8m last year, the lowest since records began in 1960. The biggest improvements are in Latin America and the former Soviet Union, where mortality rates have fallen by more than half. Progress in sub-Saharan Africa, which now accounts for half of all deaths, has been slower, but Niger, Malawi, Mozambique and Ethiopia have seen reductions of more than 100 per 1,000 livebirths since 1990. The report notes that despite big improvements in preventing malaria, one of the three main causes of deaths, much more needs to be done to treat the other two causes, pneumonia and diarrhoea.

Falling Child Mortality Rates (via The Economist)

Falling Child Mortality Rates (via The Economist)

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Filed under: Development Economics, Health Care, Public Economics

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