Child Mortality Decreasing Nearly Everywhere But Disparities Persist, Gates Foundation Report Says

New York Times: Almost Everywhere, Fewer Children Are Dying
“…From 2000 to 2017, all but one of the 97 low-to-middle-income countries that account for the vast majority of deaths of young children lowered their child mortality rates, according to a report released Tuesday by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with a research team at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, led by Stephen Lim, the institute’s senior director of science and engineering. The data reveal a wide disparity of outcomes in early child mortality both across countries and within them. The researchers project that if current rates of progress continue, nearly two-thirds of children in the poorest countries will still live in districts that won’t meet United Nations development goals by 2030…” (Katz et al., 9/17).

VOA News: VOA Interview: Bill Gates
“Living conditions have improved greatly since 2000 even for the world’s poorest people, but billions remain mired in ‘layers of inequality.’ That is the assessment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s third annual report on progress toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals — 17 measures that most countries have pledged to try to reach by 2030. Those efforts are falling short, says Bill Gates, who spoke to VOA English to Africa’s Linord Moudou. Below is the transcript of the interview…” (9/17).

Additional coverage of the Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers report is available from The Hill, NPR, and VOA News.