Developing world now less deadly for children

THE number of children who die before turning five has declined globally from more than 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million last year.

New data from the WHO and UNICEF show that compared to 1990, around 12,000 more children’s lives were being saved daily.

Sub-Saharan Africa has doubled the rate of improvement compared to the previous decade.

“Unfortunately, this rate of progress is still insufficient to meet Millennium Development Goal 4… which calls for a two-thirds reduction in the under-five mortality rate by 2015,” the WHO said.