child mortality

Some 1.8 million newborn deaths a year in South-East Asia are preventable – UN health agency

Nearly 7,400 newborns die every day in South-East Asia, causing untold misery to mothers and families, yet two thirds can be saved with proven cost-effective measures, the United Nations health agency said today, calling on Governments to act urgently against a scourge that kills 2.7 million newborns annually.

Child mortality rates plunge by more than half since 1990 but efforts must be redoubled – UN report

Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, but it is not enough to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of a two-thirds reduction over the past 15 years, according to a new report released today by a number of United Nations agencies.

Marking World Pneumonia Day, UN calls for greater efforts in preventing child deaths

Although significant declines in child deaths from pneumonia demonstrate that strategies to defeat the disease are working, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stressed today that much more is needed to stop hundreds of thousands of children from succumbing to the preventable illness as it marked the fifth World Pneumonia Day.

UN and partners highlight essential actions to reduce child deaths from pneumonia

The United Nations and its partners are marking World Pneumonia Day today by highlighting essential actions that can help end child deaths from the single biggest killer of children under the age of five around the world.

Number of deaths of children under five continues to drop, reports UNICEF

The number of children dying before their fifth birthday has decreased steadily over the past few years and fell to under 9 million in 2008, thanks in part to greater use of health interventions such as vaccinations and insecticide-treated bednets to prevent malaria, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

New UN report urges greater efforts to improve child survival in Africa

Africa, and particularly sub-Saharan Africa, remains the most difficult place in the world for a child to survive, says a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which also calls for greater efforts to improve the lives of the continent’s youngest citizens.