The global child mortality rate has dropped significantly since 2000, attributed to enhanced investments in strengthening direct health systems to help women and children. Still, millions of children and youth are failing every year worldwide.
According to a statement released by the United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME), an assessed 5 million children died before their fifth birthday in 2021. Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 56 percent of all under-5 deaths in 2021, and southern Asia for 26 percent of the total.
“Tragically, many of these deaths could have been prevented with equitable access and high-quality maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health care,” the group noted.
Vidhya Ganesh, UNICEF Director of the Division of Data Analytics, Planning, and Monitoring, stressed the need for stronger political will and “targeted investment in equitable access to primary health care for every woman and child.”
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