Five Is a Magic Number
In one of the greatest humanitarian achievements of the past 50 years, child mortality has dropped by 70 percent world-wide. Tomorrow, the U.S., led by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in partnership with UNICEF and the Governments of Ethiopia and India, is launching a global effort to build upon these dramatic successes and end preventable child deaths.  How will we save five million children’s lives each year by 2035? First, by focusing our efforts on those places where the most deaths of children under five-years-old occur. That includes the five countries that account for 50 percent of child deaths worldwide (India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan and Ethiopia) and the 19 other countries that account for the next 30 percent of deaths. And, within those countries, targeting the populations most in need -- often rural, low-income and marginalized groups. read more
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