Global Child, Adolescent Deaths Decrease 51.7% Since 1990, But Disability Up 4.7%, Study Shows

CNN: Child and teen deaths fall by half, but disability on the rise, global study finds
“As the world’s population continues to rise, more children are surviving into adulthood, a new study finds, but rates of disability have increased as well. Research published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that from 1990 to 2017, global child and adolescent deaths decreased 51.7%, while disability increased 4.7%. Additionally, there is a growing gap between young people’s health outcomes between different countries. The study was part of the Global Burden of Disease report…” (Powell, 4/29).

Reuters: Childhood mortality declining globally but disability on the rise
“…Researchers examined data collected from 195 countries and territories between 1990 and 2017, during which time the annual number of fatalities among youth under age 20 fell [nearly] 52 percent, from about 13.8 million to just 6.6 million. The decline was driven primarily by a decrease in deaths from infectious diseases. … By the end of the study, 82 percent of childhood and adolescent deaths worldwide were concentrated in low- and middle-income countries, up from 71 percent in 1990…” (Rapaport, 4/29).

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