16,000 children under 5 years old die each day

Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, according to a new report released by UNESCO and WHO. Under-five deaths have dropped from 1.27 crore per year in 1990 to 59 Lakhs in 2014. This is the first year the figure has gone below the 60 lakhs mark. New estimates in “Levels and trends in child mortality report 2015,” indicate that although the global progress has been substantial, 16,000 children under 5 still die every day. The report notes that the biggest challenge remains in the period at or around birth. Prematurity, pneumonia, complications during labour and delivery, diarrhoea, sepsis, and malaria are leading causes of death for children under 5 years old.

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