Friday, September 14, 2012

Blog #3

Child deaths:  Unicef says child mortality rate falls
13 September 2012Last updated at 06:51 ET

Last year approximately 6.9 million children died before they turned.  In 1990 it was worse with a death tole of 12 million, and about 19,000 in 2011.  This decrease of deaths has been great. A lot of people contribute the deaths to the influx of poor countries becoming richer.  The greatest drops in mortality have been seen in countries that were getting aid from other countries.  The best results have been achieved from the Lao people’s Democratic republic, Timor Leste and Liberia.  Aid has been a very important component to their decreasing numbers. Also the total number of deaths for people suffering from measles has gone down tremendously, they have gone from 500,000 in 2000 to 100,000 in 2011.  Unicef said that conflict was a key contributing factor to children deaths about 80 percent of the countries with the highest child mortality rate were involved in some sort of conflict.  The annual mortality rate of children rose from 10,000 or more in 2011, and were compared to the totals they received in 1990 all data was collected in the democratic republic of Congo Somali and Mali.  Overall the total number of deaths increased in 2001.  The leading causes of death, that have been documented in five difference countries are, pneumonia with about 18%, pre term birth complications equaling about 14%, Diarrhea with about 11%, birth related complications and malaria totaling to 17%.  Deaths of these children normally happed within 28 days of them living says Unicef.  These kinds of deaths were true for about 3 million deaths worldwide.  Although there are many factors that contribute to child mortality. Under nutrition is still a big problem worldwide and accounts for about a third of total deaths

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