Child Mortality Rate Declines Globally – NYTimes.com

Women and their children waited to be immunized this week inside a church in Mpasa, Malawi. (Moises Saman for The New York Times)

Women and their children waited to be immunized this week inside a church in Mpasa, Malawi. (Moises Saman for The New York Times)

By CELIA W. DUGGER
Published: September 9, 2009

MPATA, Malawi — The number of children dying before their fifth birthdays each year has fallen below nine million for the first time on record, a significant milestone in the global effort to improve children’s chances of survival, particularly in the developing world, according to data that Unicef will release on Thursday.

The child mortality rate has declined by more than a quarter in the last two decades — to 65 per 1,000 live births last year from 90 in 1990 — in large part because of the widening distribution of relatively inexpensive technologies, like measles vaccines and anti-malaria mosquito nets…continue reading…

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