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Convention on the Rights of the Child

Child survival

Every child has a right to survive. Governments should ensure that children survive and develop healthily.

UNICEF Image: Infographic on Child Survival: Since 1990, the world has reduced the number of newbord deaths by more than 1/3. But almost 3 million newborns still die each year, mainly from preventable causes.
Every child has a right to life. Governments should ensure that children survive and develop healthily.

Since 1990, the number of children under five who die every year, mainly from preventable causes, has reduced by nearly 50 per cent – from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012. Roughly 44 per cent of those deaths occur in the first 28 days of life. Although the neonatal mortality rate fell from 33 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 21 per 1,000 in 2012, still 2.9 million newborn babies died in 2012.

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