Every 5 seconds, a child under 15 dies: Unicef
The latest figures from the United Nations Children's Funds (Unicef) Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2018 report show a high rate of 21 children under five dying every minute.
PRETORIA - The United Nations says child mortality rates have fallen by 62% in the last 25 years.
But the latest figures from the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2018 report show a high rate of 21 children under five dying every minute.
According to the report, a child under the age of 15 years dies every five seconds.
Half of these deaths are in sub-Sahara Africa.
Unicef research director, Laurance Chandy said that 56 million children under-five will die between now and 2030 worldwide, and half of them will be new-borns.
Soap.— UNICEF (@UNICEF) September 18, 2018
Simple solutions save lives, yet a staggering 6.3 million children under 15 died last year, most from preventable causes → https://t.co/dAHGUyKS5F#EveryChildALIVE #HealthForAll pic.twitter.com/8ta3qu1UEw
The heart-breaking message from Unicef figures is that the six major causes of death of children under five are entirely preventable. These are diarrhoea, malaria and neonatal infection, pneumonia, pre-term delivery and lack of oxygen at birth.
The children’s death numbers don’t meet the Millennium Development Goal of a two-thirds reduction to 31 per 1000 life-births.
Children from the highest mortality countries are up to 60 times more likely to die in the first five years of life than those from the lowest mortality countries. @UNICEFmedia #EveryChildALIVE https://t.co/x1B7XPcoP2— UNICEF (@UNICEF) September 18, 2018
The geographic equality in child mortality illustrated the reality that an Ethiopian child is 30 times more likely to die before his or her fifth birthday, than a child in Western Europe.
Read the full report here.
(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)