Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fewer Infant Deaths

UNICEF is on its way to achieving its goal of drastically reducing childhood mortality by 2015. Twenty-one children die each minute and most of those deaths are preventable. The top reasons for childhood mortality: diarrhea, malaria, neonatal infection, pneumonia, preterm delivery, or lack of oxygen at birth.

FROM NBC: A new report finds child mortality rates are dropping worldwide ... but the U.S. has some work to do. New estimates from the University of Washington show eight hundred thousand fewer children are dying -- compared to the latest report from UNICEF in 2008.

A third of deaths occur in South Asia and half in sub-Saharan Africa. The U.S. ranks 42nd in the world for child mortality with six-point-seven deaths per one thousand births. And while that rate is declining as well, the U.S. and Canada are lagging behind other high-income countries.

UNICEF Targets by 2015:
To reduce child mortality by two-thirds, from 93 children of every 1,000 dying before age five in 1990 to 31 of every 1,000 in 2015.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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