Tanzania does well in reducing child mortality: UNICEFListen /
Approximately 90 million children's lives have been saved over the past two decades, according to a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
The agency says that the number of children who die before they reach five years of age has fallen from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012.
UNICEF attributes these reductions to more effective and affordable treatments, improvements in mothers' nutrition and education.
It says there have also been innovations in bringing critical services to the poor and excluded people as well as sustained political commitment to improve children's lives.
The UN children's agency says that Tanzania is one of the countries that have done very well in reducing child mortality.
UN Radio's Assumpta Masoi spoke by telephone with Sudha Sharma, UNICEF's Chief of Health in Tanzania, about the east African country's experience in reducing child mortality.