July 31, 2014

10 Facts About Children’s Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published these 10 facts. See their site for more specific data and information regarding each one.
1. A child’s risk of dying is highest in the first month of life.
2. Three million children die every year within a month of their birth.
3. Pneumonia is the largest single cause of death in children under five years of age.
4. Diarrhoeal diseases are a leading cause of sickness and death among children in developing countries.
5. Every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria in Africa.
6. Over 90% of children with HIV are infected through mother-to-child transmission.
7. About 20 million children worldwide suffer from severe acute malnutrition.
8. Three-quarters of child deaths occur in Africa and South-East Asia.
9. About two-thirds of child deaths are preventable.
10. Greater investment will help in reducing the under-five mortality rate by two-thirds by 2015

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