Thursday, September 13, 2012

UNICEF Reports a Huge Decline in Child Mortality in 2011

Imagine a world where child mortality (for children under 5 years of age) is zero. Okay, zero might be too much to ask. So let's change that to negligible.  The United Nations Children's Fund, more commonly known as UNICEF, today released statistics that show that the number of child deaths under age 5 dropped to 6.9 million in 2011. The good news is that the child mortality numbers represent a huge decline from 7.6 million on 2010 and (gasp!) 12 million in 1990. Read report from UNICEF's Chris Niles and Rebecca Obslter

It's extremely important to celebrate this level of progress.  But let us not forget that 6.9 million children under the age of 5 still died in 2011, and most of those deaths could have been prevented. So let's keep on trucking so we can continue to reduce those numbers.

Here a video from UNICEF


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