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World records drop in child mortality: United Nations

Logan D Suza

In the last few years, the child mortality rate around the world has decreased at a record rate

In the last few years, the child mortality rate around the world has decreased at a record rate, according to UNICEF, the United Nations agency for child safety and rights. This information was mentioned in a UNICEF report published on Wednesday.

According to the report, the number of children under 5 years of age who died worldwide in 2022 was 4.9 million. This number is 51 percent less than in 2000 and 62 percent less than in 1990.

“This is very good news,” UNICEF’s director of health, Helga Fogstad, told AFP. Because this is the first time in history that the number of deaths of children under the age of 5 has fallen below 5 million. The calculations for 2023 have not been done yet, but with the data we have – we hope that 2022 will continue in 2023 as well.’

The World Health Organization (WHO), the UN’s global health security agency, and the World Bank assisted UNICEF in collecting, verifying and analyzing data for the report. According to the report, in the last 23-24 years after 2000, the child mortality rate has decreased by more than 75 percent in some countries including Malawi, Rwanda, Mongolia.

In a statement, UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said, “The new record of reduction in child mortality is certainly a great achievement and is due to trained and skilled midwives, doctor-nurses, successful immunization programs, regular ‘home visits’ by UNICEF staff to poor families. .’

But now we have no chance to be complacent. Because most of the issues responsible for child deaths are still strong in society. Until these issues are eliminated, it is not possible to achieve permanent success.

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