Child Mortality Rates Falling Faster Than Ever, New Data Show

September 16, 2014 2:41 PM

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New data released Tuesday by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49 percent between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated - in some countries it has even tripled - but overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under-five mortality by 2015, said a joint news release by WHO, UNICEF, World Bank Group, and UN-DESA Population Division.

New estimates in "Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2014" show that in 2013, 6.3 million children under five died from mostly preventable causes, around 200 000 fewer than in 2012, but still equal to nearly 17 000 child deaths each day.

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