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Child mortality is high in Eastern Mediterranean countries

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 19 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:0-b

Fifteen per cent of deaths in children under 5 around the globe occur in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and half could be prevented by cost effective evidence based interventions. In an analysis of regional data Bhutta and colleagues (p 839) show that almost 90% of deaths occur in just seven of the 22 countries in the region, and that despite a drop in death rates in the 1970s to the 1990s, mortality is rising again. They argue that an absence of political will rather than a lack of knowledge accounts for this failure to improve the outlook for the region's children.

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