child mortality

Despite progress in childbirth safety, one woman or baby dies every 11 seconds

Childbirth survival rates are now a “staggering success” compared with the year 2000, but one pregnant woman - or her child - still dies every 11 seconds from largely preventable causes, UN health experts said on Thursday.

Deaths of over 6 million children preventable or treatable: UN report

Millions of children are still dying from preventable or treatable causes, despite huge progress in child mortality rates over the past 25 years.

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Somewhere, every five seconds, a child under 15 dies – new UN report

Around 6.3 million children under the age of 15, died from mostly preventable causes last year, the equivalent to one child dying every five seconds, according to a new report compiled by a group of United Nations agencies. Newborn babies account for half of the deaths.

News in Brief 13 June 2018

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  • Terrorism diverting resources away from development in Central Africa, warns UN envoy
  • Infant mortality among Palestine refugees is not decreasing, says new UN study
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UN Daily News Programme 19 October 2017

Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn.

In today’s programme:  An update on international support to Somalia in the wake of this past weekend's deadly bombing; and: Progress on fighting HIV and AIDS in Tanzania.

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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.