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Mortality in under 5s dropped by 35% between 1990 and 2010, says UN report

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6013 (Published 21 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6013
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

The number of children under 5 years old who die each year fell by a third between 1990 and 2010, from more than 12 million deaths to 7.6 million, new data from Unicef, the World Health Organization, and other agencies show.

Overall about 12 000 fewer children died every day in 2010 than in 1990, the baseline year for measuring progress, the agencies said in their report.

The global under 5 death rate fell from 88 deaths per 1000 live births in 1990 to 57 in 2010, but the report concludes …

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