Unicef concerned by Zim child deaths

Unicef says too many children are dying in daily Zimbabwe from preventable diseases.

A Zimbabwe child being treated for Cholera on the Beit Bridge border. Picture: Deniz Houssein.

HARARE - Around 100 children under the age of five die every day from preventable diseases in Zimbabwe, Unicef revealed on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe's "lost years", spanning from 2000 to 2009, had terrible effects on public health delivery in the country.

According to a recent United Nations report, Zimbabwe's infant mortality rate is around 67 per every 1,000 live births.

That is more than in South Africa, where the figure is around 55.

About 94 out of every 1,000 children born in Zimbabwe do not make it to their fifth birthday.

HIV, diarrhea and pneumonia were mostly to blame, and these are diseases that can be avoided.

Unicef officials said huge efforts were being made to improve children's health, and vaccination campaigns against pneumonia and diarrhea were introduced.