Child Mortality Rates Are Falling, But Not Fast Enough

September 16, 2014 5:24 PM

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Statistics show that childhood mortality rates are falling. A new report compiled by the United Nations (UN) shows that some of its agencies, such as Unicef, and the World Bank, report an almost 50 percent reduction rate since 1990. However, despite improvements, the report also notes that these rates are not falling quite fast enough. Many children under the age of five are still dying quickly and in large numbers.

The report found that the gap in death rates between rich and poor households had fallen in every region of the world, except sub-Saharan Africa. There, childhood mortality rates for children under the age of five in the highest at 92 deaths per 1,000 births. African countries have some of the highe...

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