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Under-5 child mortality falls by almost 40% over 20 years in countries with worst record, WHO says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3198 (Published 16 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3198
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The millennium development goals (MDGs) have helped improve health in the poorest countries but differences remain both within and between these countries, a World Health Organization report says.

World Health Statistics 2013,1 WHO’s annual snapshot of global health, shows that much progress has been made to meet the goals on reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

For the quarter of countries with the highest rates of under-5 child death, rates fell from 183 to 112 deaths per 1000 live births between 1990 and 2010—a …

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