Charity condemns child survival “lottery”

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 21 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:408
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Ten million children under 5 years old die each year across the world, warns Save the Children in a new campaign aimed at getting countries back on target to achieve the millennium development goal to reduce mortality in under 5s by two thirds by 2015.

The charity has compiled a “wealth and survival index” that compares child mortality in each country with its national income per person. It claims that the index shows “who is making the most of what they have and who is squandering their resources.”

Its director of policy, David Mepham, said, “A child’s chance of making it to its fifth birthday depends …

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