Under-5 Deaths Fall Worldwide Reports Save The Children (Video)

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Sameera Ehteram
New report hails dramatic progress of developing countries in cutting deaths among under-fives.

New report hails dramatic progress of developing countries in cutting deaths among under-fives.

Yes, the number of children world-wide who die before reaching the age of five has fallen by half in a generation according to a new report by a British charity.

Save the Children says Niger is leading the way in tackling child deaths.

It's cut the number of deaths among under-fives by almost two-thirds since 1990 despite being one of the world's poorest nations.

According to Ben Hewitt, Operations Director of Save the Children, "We're seeing dramatic progress around the world in reducing the number of children dying. In 1990 it was about 12 million and today it's halved in a generation so we're saying what do we need to do now to sustain progress and to make the progress go faster."

The charity ranked Liberia second and Indonesia third for cutting the number of child deaths after studying 75 developing nations.

At the very bottom of the list was Haiti.

"The reality is that children are dying of things like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, so they're dying of things that are preventable, that are treatable and children in other countries and in other areas of the country aren't dying of these things," explains Ben Hewitt.

The report coincides with the launch on Wednesday of a new global campaign film with marathon runner Patrick Makau and actress Isla Fisher.

Save the Children says the campaign is intended to encourage nations to make one final push to end unnecessary deaths among children for good.

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