Child death in Bangladesh down by 72 per cent

Child death in Bangladesh down by 72 per cent

BANGLADESH - Children don't die in big numbers in Bangladesh now as they did 22 years ago.

The country is preventing over 1,100 child deaths a day, thanks to a successful reduction in child mortality by 72 per cent in last two decades.

Back in 1990, as many as 1,454 children used to die a day even before they could reach their fifth birthday. Now that number has come down to 347.

According to a report jointly released by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Bank and the United Nations Population Division last week, Bangladesh has outshone all its South Asian neighbours save the small island nation the Maldives in terms of reduction in child mortality.

By slashing 89 per cent between 1990 and 2012, the Maldives topped child mortality reduction chart in South Asia followed by Bangladesh (72 per cent) while India and Pakistan remain among the biggest contributors to global child mortality, said the report titled "Levels & Trends in Child Mortality".

The report, published as part of the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation's (UN IGME) annual data release on child mortality, identified India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Congo and China as the five countries where half of over 6.5 million global yearly child deaths occur.

India has the highest number of under-five deaths in the world, with 1.4 million under-five deaths in 2012.

The Unicef, WHO, the WB and UN Population Division are the four partners in the UN IGME, founded in 2004.

In the last 22 years (1990-2012), global rate of under-five mortality came down from 90 to 48 (per 1,000 live births).

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