Child mortality falling, says UN, but not fast enough to reach target

September 16, 2014 12:10 PM

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WASHINGTON -- More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the UN children's agency said Tuesday.

That's nearly 17,000 young children dying every day. And while death rates have been cut in half since 1990, the world still is short of meeting a goal of a two-thirds decrease in child mortality by next year, the report by the United Nations Children's Fund said.

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