According to UNICEF, the number of children under 5 has increased. However, 6.3 million children die every year from preventable diseases. Pneumonia, Diarrhea and malaria are some of those preventable diseases. Death rates have decreased in the past two decades, but still remain quite high. The world’s highest child mortality rate is in Angola with 167 deaths per 1,000 live births. In the U.S, it is 7 deaths per 1,000 live births. Countries with previously high rates, such as Bangladesh, have cut their death rates by two-thirds. UNICEF hopes to cut the child death rates by two-thirds by next year through improved sanitation, clean water, better roads, and health programs that educate young mothers on how to take care of their children.
Contributor: Laissa Alexis