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2019-09-17. Almost Everywhere, Fewer Children Are Dying.

posted Sep 22, 2019, 8:03 AM by Alan Gould   [ updated Sep 22, 2019, 8:04 AM ]
By Josh Katz, Alicia Parlapiano and Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times. [https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/17/upshot/child-mortality.html] For GSS Population Growth chapter 4. Excerpt: Two decades ago, nearly 10 million children did not live to see a 5th birthday. By 2017, that number — about 1 in every 16 children — was nearly cut in half, even as the world’s population increased by more than a billion people. The sharp decline in childhood mortality reflects work by governments and international aid groups to fight child poverty and the diseases that are most lethal to poor children: neonatal disorders, pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria. But the results are also highly imbalanced. In some places, children’s health has improved drastically. In others, many still die very early. ... From 2000 to 2017, all but one of the 97 low-to-middle-income countries that account for the vast majority of deaths of young children lowered their child mortality rates, according to a report [https://www.gatesfoundation.org/goalkeepers/report/2019-report/#ExaminingInequality] released Tuesday by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with a research team at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, led by Stephen Lim, the institute’s senior director of science and engineering. ...“The inequality in that progress is still quite stunning,” Mr. Gates said in a call with reporters....