Child mortality rates falling faster than ever: UNICEF

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Dramatic and accelerating progress has been made in reducing mortality among children, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF says new data from a report entitled "Levels and Trends in Child Mortality" proves that success is possible even for poorly resourced countries.

The data released on Tuesday shows that mortality rates for children under five years of age have dropped by 49 per cent in the last 20 years.

However, overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease by 2015.

Last year, 6.3 million children under five died from mostly preventable causes, around 200,000 fewer than in 2012, but still equal to nearly 17,000 child deaths each day.

Under-nutrition contributes to nearly half of all the deaths.

The report notes that major improvements in child survival are in part due to affordable  interventions against the leading infectious diseases.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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