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Communicable disease and neonatal problems are still major killers of children

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 31 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:748
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Nearly three out of four deaths worldwide in children under 5 years old are due to communicable diseases or problems occurring in the neonatal period, show new figures from the World Health Organization.

    The figures, which were published last week, are based on more accurate estimates than those used previously (Lancet 2005;365:1147–52).

    The report estimates that six causes accounted for 73% of the more than 10 million deaths worldwide of children in each year in 2000-3. These were pneumonia (19% of deaths), diarrhoea (18%), malaria (8%), neonatal sepsis or …

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