Monday, 18 May 2015


Almost half the child deaths worldwide are still caused due to under-nutrition despite substantial progress made to reduce under-five mortality, a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) secretariat has said.
Between 1990 and 2013, under-five mortality declined by 49%, falling from an estimated rate of 90 deaths per 1,000 live births to 46 deaths per 1,000 live births. The global rate of decline has also accelerated significantly, from 1.2% per annum between 1990 and 1995 to 4% per annum between 2005 and 2013. About 17,000 fewer children died every day in 2013 than in 1990.

"Despite the evidence of progress, the gains remain insufficient to reach the target of a two-thirds reduction from 1990 levels of mortality by the year 2015," the report, which will be released during the 68th World Health Assembly to be held from May 18 to 27 in Geneva, said.