First weeks of life are crucial to reducing child mortality further, says WHO

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 12 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2562
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The annual number of deaths among children under 5 years old fell by 30% between 1990 and 2008 to 8.8 million, partly because of greater use of interventions to combat malaria and to prevent transmission of HIV from mothers to their children and greater coverage of vaccines against measles, hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenzae type B, a World Health Organization report says.

    However, despite these encouraging advances, regional and national averages mask considerable inequities, the report adds. WHO says that “concerted efforts” will be needed to achieve the target under the United Nations’ millennium development …

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