WHO: young child deaths down a third since 1990

May 21, 2009

(AP) -- The World Health Organization says almost a third fewer young children are dying than in 1990.

The global health body says about 9 million children under 5 years old died in 2007, the last year with figures available.

WHO says the number of under-5 deaths was 12.5 million in 1990.

The Geneva-based body says the 27 percent drop shows progress in achieving a two-thirds cut in deaths by 2015. That is one of the U.N.'s so-called 'Millennium Development Goals'.

The figures were among more than 100 health trends published Thursday by the .

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Ashy
1 / 5 (1) May 21, 2009
There were baby boom at 1985-1990. How many children was born between 1985 and 1990 and between 2002 and 2007? May be child deaths stay flat at percentage?
PPihkala
not rated yet May 21, 2009
I think these are global figures. I doubt that there was this global baby boom 1985-90.
Ashy
1 / 5 (1) May 22, 2009
We don't know it without global figures. As I know, between 1985 and 1990 baby boom was in America, Soviet Union and many African countries, may be in Brazilia, Australia and China. Now in US and SU there are population decreasing, this is very big part of global population.

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