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8.8 million: The number of children who died before their fifth birthday in 2008 was 8.8 million

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Target: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate

In child survival, progress has been significant, with the number of deaths among children under 5 years old reduced from 12.5 million in 1990 to less than 9 million (8.8) in 2008. However, an average of 25,000 children under five are still dying each day, mostly from causes preventable with low-cost, proven interventions.

Pneumonia and diarrhoeal diseases are the biggest killers of children under five, accounting for almost 40 per cent of deaths for this age cohort.

Source: Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UNICEF, World Health Organization, United Nations Population Division and the World Bank)






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