Child mortality is falling but some developing regions will miss millennium targets

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5801 (Published 29 August 2012)
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  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Deaths in children under 5 years are continuing to fall but huge variations in the rate of reduction between countries mean that developing regions will not achieve millennium development goals, according to United Nations figures published in the open access journal PLOS Medicine.1

The figures showed that between 1990 and 2010 the global mortality rate for children under 5 fell from 88 to 57 per 1000 live births. The number of deaths in this age group each year fell by 37% from 12 million to 7.6 million over this period.

But figures for each country …

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