MDG4: Reduce Child Mortality
Sep 28, 2011 04:16 PM
Under a United Nations-backed scheme, 37 new developing nations will receive funds for vaccines to fight diarrhea and pneumonia among children. These diseases kill millions of children every year worldwide.
[World Health Organisation] [Child mortality] [United Nations]
Sep 26, 2011 03:46 PM
This year's World Disaster Report says rising food prices, impacts of climate change and an increasing population have contributed to food shortages resulting in millions of children with stunted growth and at least a billion undernourished people.
[Food security] [Malnutrition] [Hunger]
Sep 21, 2011 11:48 AM
Children born in India are five times more likely to die before their fifth birthday due to lack of access to trained health workers, says a report by Save the Children. India has the highest number of children who do not receive basic healthcare services amongst 25 developing countries.
[South Asia] [India] [Child mortality]
Sep 19, 2011 06:09 PM
The latest UNICEF report, Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle suggests growing gender disparities with age among children worldwide. In secondary school education, girls are most disadvantaged in South Asia while boys are most disadvantaged in Latin America and the Caribbean.
[Discrimination] [UNICEF] [Child mortality] [Asia] [Gender]
Sep 01, 2011 06:00 PM
Infant mortality has dropped worldwide but the progress is unsatisfactory to achieve the targets under the Millennium Development Goals, says a UN study. It has urged nations worldwide to strengthen existing interventions to curb these deaths, 99% of which are due to preventable causes.
[MDGs] [Child mortality]
Aug 29, 2011 02:30 PM
Regular intake of Vitamin A pills by children under five could save 600,000 lives each year in developing countries, claims a research. Around 190 million children suffer from vitamin A deficiency worldwide.
[World Health Organisation] [Child mortality] [Research]
Aug 11, 2011 05:03 PM
Six districts of the eight empowered action group (EAG) states have reduced infant mortality rate (IMR) to 28 to achieve the health Millennium Development Goal, reveals the first annual health survey.
[South Asia] [Infant mortality] [India] [MDGs] [United Nations]
Aug 01, 2011 02:07 PM
Children are the worst-affected by 2010 floods that hit millions. Without an adequate disaster management system and emergency relief co-ordination, they suffer from malnutrition and are forced into child labour.
[Pakistan] [Disaster] [Child Labour] [Malnutrition] [South Asia] [Children]
Jul 20, 2011 03:00 PM
Though child mortality rates decline worldwide, millions of under fives still live in absence of medical care and health facilities, says a new report. These poor children face incessant risk of death due to lack of immunisation against preventable diseases.
[Health] [Africa] [Children] [Child mortality] [Disease]
May 24, 2011 03:34 PM
A neonatal care model has helped reduce infant mortality in the Indian state of Bihar. These sick new born care units operate round the clock to save the lives of over 90,000 babies born with complications each year.
[India] [Infant mortality] [Health] [Governance] [South Asia]
May 11, 2011 01:12 PM
Death by drowning has emerged as the leading cause of deaths among children under five in many Asian countries, reveals a recent report. Asia accounts for 95% of global child deaths by drowning.
[Child mortality] [Asia]
Mar 24, 2011 05:09 PM
The latest Pakistan Medical Association report paints a grim picture of child health conditions in the country. The report reveals that a child dies from vaccine preventable diseases every one minute. Experts cite insufficient child healthcare facilities, abject poverty, low literacy and lack of skilled birth attendants as some of the major reasons behind the high child mortality rate.
[Pakistan] [UNICEF] [Disease] [Health] [Child mortality] [South Asia]
Mar 15, 2011 06:32 PM Death of babies abandoned by unwed mothers has significantly risen in Pakistan. Nearly 1,210 newborns were buried in 2010 compared to 999 in 2009 and 890 in 2008- most of them baby girls. Experts blame conservative mindsets for the grave situation and suggest implementation of a comprehensive reproductive health education in school curricula for the young.
Feb 07, 2011 11:03 AM
India’s infant mortality rate (IMR) has dropped by 6% from 53 deaths per thousand live births in 2008 to 50 in 2009, according to the latest figures from the Home Ministry’s Registrar General of India. The National Rural Health Mission has been credited for the decline.
[India] [Infant mortality] [Health] [South Asia]
Jan 24, 2011 03:48 PM
The fact that Muslim children face lower mortality risk than Hindu children is baffling given the fact that Muslims in India have, on average, lower socio-economic status, higher fertility and shorter birth intervals, and they are thought to accord a lower status to women within the household.
[Religion] [India] [Child mortality] [South Asia]
Jan 04, 2011 09:05 AM
Bangladesh government’s outreach to remote districts to increase access to healthcare, equitable treatment and services, family planning, gender empowerment and a nation-wide immunisation campaign have significantly lowered the country’s child mortality rates. The country's efforts are being lauded by the international civil society.
[Polio] [Bangladesh] [Children] [Health] [Child mortality] [South Asia] [Family Planning] [MDGs]
Dec 03, 2010 06:23 PM Child deaths by drowning take as many as 350,000 lives in Asia out each year of which 20,000 cases have been reported in Bangladesh alone. The issue, largely under-reported, needs to be addressed with urgency by the worst hit countries.
Nov 17, 2010 10:44 AM
India accounts for the highest number of child deaths under the age of 5, in the world. A study finds that most of these deaths are preventable, with the right interventions at the right time.
[India] [Health] [Child mortality] [South Asia]
Oct 25, 2010 06:14 PM
In the Kamaalganj block of the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, women like Saira Begum are working to improve the health of the infants through programmes run by UNICEF and the state government. The result is better immunisation levels and reduction in polio incidence.
[India] [Health] [UNICEF] [Child mortality] [South Asia]
Sep 30, 2010 01:57 PM
A UNICEF study ranks Afghanistan as world’s “worst place to be born” given the state of high maternal, infant and child mortality rates in the country. The performance on this front has been sluggish despite decades of funding by the donors.
[Afghanistan] [South Asia] [MDGs] [Child mortality] [Maternal mortality]