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Child Deaths Found at Record Low

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jill Moss 2007-9-23 This is the VOA Special English Development Report.

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by jill moss
2007-9-23

this is the voa special english development report.

unicef says a record low number of children are dying before the age of five. the united nations children's fund has records back to nineteen sixty. it says the number has dropped below ten million a year for the first time.

by comparison, there were almost thirteen million deaths in nineteen ninety.

the newest report says nine million seven hundred thousand children under five died last year. almost half were in southern africa. just over three million were in south asia.

unicef executive director ann veneman called the new findings historic but still unacceptable. she says most of the deaths are preventable.

a child receives a shot of measles vaccine in banyusoco village, indonesia

unicef says much of the progress is the result of increased efforts for early health interventions. one example is feeding babies only breast milk for the first six months. also, vaccinating children against measles has saved many lives. so has the use of vitamin a to strengthen children's immune systems, and chemically treated bed nets to prevent malaria.

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