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WESTPORT, Conn. (Sept. 12, 2013) — The United Nations has today published its annual statistics on child mortality around the world. The data reveals that the number of children dying every year has halved in a generation – down from 12 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012.
"Dramatic global progress is being made in saving children's lives and we are now at an historic point where ending preventable child deaths lies within our grasp," said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. "This demonstrates that widespread efforts to improve access to life-saving healthcare for some of the world's most vulnerable children are working. But these efforts need to be stepped up in order to prevent millions more children from dying."
The new data reveals that this historic opportunity is at risk because two main challenges remain: the poorest children are being excluded and too many children are still not surviving the first month of life. Governments need to take urgent action to deliver health care and nutrition to every child if we are going to see sustainable progress in coming years, and give special attention to newborns and the most excluded. Every child has the right to survive, no matter where they are born. Donor countries and international organisations should also make sure no child dies for lack of resources.
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