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MDG4: Reduce Child Mortality

MDG4: Reduce Child Mortality
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UN expands childhood vaccination to 37 countries

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.
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More than a billion people undernourished worldwide

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.
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India has shortfall of 2.6 million health workers

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.
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Gender disparities in various stages of childhood

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.
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Newborn mortality rates behind MDG targets: UN

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.
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Vitamin A supplements could save thousands of children

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.
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India: Six districts achieve health MDG

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.
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Children continue to suffer after floods in Pakistan

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.
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Millions of children live in 'healthcare deserts', says report

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.
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India: Newborn care units fight infant mortality in Bihar

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.
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Asian children face drowning epidemic

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.
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Pakistan: One child dies every minute from preventable diseases

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.
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Pakistan: Deaths of abandoned newborns on the rise

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.

Infant mortality declines in India

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.
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Correlating childhood deaths with religion in India

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.
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Bangladesh: Equitable treatment and outreach drastically reduce child mortality

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.
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Bangladesh: 20 thousand children die each year by drowning

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.

60% child deaths in India are preventable

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.
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All up to fight child mortality

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.
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Afghanistan easy on maternal health despite funding

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.
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