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Cutting child mortality by half by 2015 is “still possible,” says Unicef

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39469.399792.DB (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:175
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Stepping up effective interventions against specific diseases, combined with integrated health strategies and more investment in national health systems, could reduce the annual number of deaths in children under 5 years from 9.7 million in 2006 to less than five million by 2015, a Unicef report says.

    But the report states that the enormity of meeting this millennium development goal, MDG-4, “should not be underestimated.”

    Unicef says that, for the goal to be achieved, specific intervention packages and targets for coverage and delivery will be needed. Services will have to be delivered in a variety of ways and will require periodic oversight from skilled professionals.

    The MDG-4 target, which calls for a reduction of two thirds in the number of deaths among under 5s between 1990 and 2015, “is …

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