The world has seen “stunning” gains in child survival and health, according to The New York Times’ Tina Rosenberg in a recent column citing UNICEF’s work. Her article shares heartening results from a new study called the Global Burden of Disease report. Among them: over the past 20 years, the mortality rate for children under five has dropped worldwide, in some countries by as much as 70 percent.
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UNICEF has released the latest child mortality figures, and I am deeply heartened to report that the number of children under age 5 dying every day has dropped yet again: from 24,000 to 22,000.
That number is down from 25,500 four years ago, and means that, since 1990 — when 34,000 died every day — UNICEF and its partners have helped cut the global under-five mortality rate by 1/3.
It’s a very exciting day for us here at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. As you may have seen in this morning’s New York Times, UNICEF has announced that the number of children under the age of five dying each day from preventable causes has dropped to 24,000. Only three years ago, 25,5000 children were dying each day. Just imagine