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Map 1. The early years

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Percentage of 1-year-olds
immunized against measles

90% and over

80% - 89%

50% - 79%

Less than 50%

No data

Artificial feeding
Less than 30% of infants are exclusively breastfed for the first four months

Access to sanitation
Less than 70% of the population have access to adequate sanitation

Use of iodized salt
Less than 50% of households consume iodized salt.

Sources: Immunization and access to sanitation: UNICEF/WHO; artificial feeding and the use of idodized salt: UNICEF.

This map does not reflect a position by UNICEF on the legal status of any country or territory or the delimitation of any frontiers. Dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.

Most causes of death in children are easily prevented, yet almost 11 million children under five die each year.

Over the last three decades, the worldњs population of children under 15 increased from about 1.4 billion to 1.8 billion.

Improved breastfeeding practices and reduction of artificial feeding could save an estimated 1.5 million children a year.

Measles accounts for more than 7% of all deaths of children under five around the world, half of them among infants under the age of one.

Adequate sanitation is crucial to reducing under-five mortality and morbidity rates, yet 2.4 billion people lack access.

Iodized salt is the best way to combat iodine deficiency disorders, the worldЉs leading cause of preventable mental impairment.

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