Child and maternal deaths tumble, East Africa leads the way: U.N.

March 10, 2015 2:35 PM

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Maternal and child death rates fell in every one of the poorest 49 countries in the world between 2010 and 2013, largely as a result of a U.N. initiative launched in 2010, the world body said on Tuesday.

"The world is currently reducing under-five and maternal deaths faster than at any time in history," U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. "Since 1990, maternal deaths have been cut by almost half; some 17,000 fewer children die each day."

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