Despite Decrease In Overall Child Mortality, 60M Children, Half Newborns, Could Die Through 2030 If Current Trends Continue, U.N. Report Says

The Guardian: ‘Unconscionable’: 7,000 babies die daily despite record low for child mortality
“The number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday has fallen to an all-time low, yet children around the world continue to die at an alarming rate, with 5.6 million deaths recorded last year. In its annual report on child mortality, the U.N. said many of the deaths — which averaged 15,000 a day in 2016 — were from preventable diseases…” (Lyons, 10/18).

Newsweek: 30 million newborns could die by 2030, U.N. study says
“…Despite this progress, neonatal deaths — babies who die within the first 28 days of life — accounted for 46 percent of all under-five deaths last year, up from 41 percent in 2000. That’s a staggering 2.6 million newborns worldwide who died in the first month of life in 2016, or 7,000 every day. One million of them died the very day they were born, and nearly one million more died within their next six days. Another 2.6 million babies were stillborn last year…” (Jones, 10/18).

Xinhua News: U.N. report warns of rising newborn mortality in near future
“A latest report by U.N. agencies warned on Thursday that at current trends of child mortality, nearly 60 million children could die before their fifth birthday between 2017 and 2030, half being newborns. The report, Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017, was jointly released by the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the Population Division of U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs…” (10/19).

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