U.N. Goal On Child Deaths Set To Be Missed: Study

@AFP
U.N. Goal On Child Deaths Set To Be Missed: Study

Paris (AFP) — A U.N. target for slashing infant deaths will be missed, mainly through failures to roll back infectious disease and complications during pregnancy, experts said on Wednesday.

Under the fourth so-called Millennium Development Goal (MDG), all U.N. members were meant to reduce deaths among children under five by two-thirds by the end of 2015 from 1990 levels.

There were 6.3 million deaths in 2013 worldwide, a near halving of the 1990 toll of 12.7 million.

The decrease shows “countries have made great progress in improving child survival since the turn of the millennium,” specialists reported in The Lancet.

“Nevertheless, Millennium Development Goal 4… will probably only be achieved by a few countries.”

The study, led by Robert Black of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, delved into causes of under-five deaths in 2013.

Pre-term complications were to blame for 965,000 deaths world-wide, while pneumonia accounted for another 935,000 deaths and complications during childbirth for 662,000. Diarrhea and malaria were also major killers.

China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan together accounted for about half of all deaths globally in 2013, the paper found.

The research should help frame debate for the Sustainable Development Goals, which are due to be decided by U.N. leaders in September 2015 as a successor to the MDGs, the authors hope.

On current trends, in 2030 4.4 million children under five will still die, and 60 percent of these deaths will occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

AFP Photo/Dibyangshu Sarkar

Want more world news? Sign up for our daily email newsletter.

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

With Passage Of Aid Bill, It's Ukraine 1, Putin Republicans 0

Presidents Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky outside Mariyinski Palace in Kyiv, Ukraine on February 20, 2023

That whisper of wind you heard through the budding leaves on trees this afternoon was a sigh of relief from soldiers on the front lines in Luhansk and Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia as the House of Representatives overcame its Putin wing and passed the $95 billion aid package which included $61 billion in aid to Ukraine.

Keep reading...Show less
As Nebraska Goes In 2024, So Could Go Maine

Gov. Jim Pillen

Every state is different. Nebraska is quite different. It is one of only two states that doesn't use the winner-take-all system in presidential elections. Along with Maine, it allocates its Electoral College votes to reflect the results in each of its congressional districts.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}