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Children under 5 dying from preventable diseases, says UN

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 30 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3653
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Almost 70 million children will die before they reach their fifth birthday if progress to reach the sustainable development goals by 2030 continues at today’s pace, the charity Unicef has warned.

In its annual report on the health, education, and life chances of children around the world, Unicef said that, by 2030, 69 million children under 5 will have died from preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have married while still children.1

Unicef urged governments, donors, businesses, and international organisations to speed up efforts to address these problems.

The goals aim for a reduction in neonatal mortality to 12 deaths or fewer per 1000 live births, and for under 5 mortality to be …

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