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Fact of the week



25,000: The average number of children dying each day is 25,000

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

The annual number of global under-five deaths has dropped from 12.5 million in 1990 to less than 9 million in 2008. Even so, an average of 25,000 children under five are 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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