Child and maternal mortality: India still a leader

“Thirty years ago, the world made a commitment to protect and fulfil children’s rights as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Among the most fundamental of these rights is the right of every child to survive.” So reads the introduction of the latest Levels and Trends in Child Mortality, a joint report of UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), lending an insight into child and maternal mortality worldwide.
The news, in part, is good: there are fewer child and maternal mortality deaths, with child mortality rates being halved and maternal mortality declining by a third since the turn of the century. However, there is still one death every eleven seconds among newborns and pregnant women – translating to 6.2 million deaths of children before the age of fifteen worldwide in 2018 and 290,000 women’s deaths during pregnancy and childbirth in 2017.
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Release Date: 
Friday, September 20, 2019