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Fewer Deaths Among Young Children

This article from the Christian Science Monitor shares some good news on U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 – to reduce mortality among children younger than 5 by two-thirds by 2015.

At this point, 31 developing countries are on track to achieve MDG 4.

According to UNICEF, reaching the goal means that deaths in early childhood will drop from 93 of every 1,000 in 1990 to 31.

Among the “top 10 most improved”: Vietnam, where the child mortality rate has dropped from about 46 deaths per 1,000 to about 13.

Some of the countries with the farthest to go have made significant progress. In 1990, 12 countries had more than 200 deaths per 1,000 young children. Now, no country loses that many children.

 

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