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UN 2021 Report records child death every 4.4 seconds

According to the most recent estimates by the United Nations Inter Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, 2.1 million people between the ages of 5 and 24 and 5 million children under the age of 5 died in 2021.

The most recent projections and a UN data report made public on Tuesday state that a child or young person will die globally every 4.4 seconds in 2021.

According to the United Nations Inter Agency Group for Child Mortality, 2.1 million people between the ages of 5 and 24 and 5 million children under the age of 5 died in 2021.

According to a different report, 1.9 million stillborn children died during the same time period.

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Uneven access to high-quality healthcare is to blame for these fatalities.

Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 56% of all under-five deaths in 2021 despite giving birth to 29% of the world’s newborns, placing its children at the highest risk in the world for dying as a child.

The risk of death for children born in the region is 15 times greater than it is for children born in Europe and North America.

Sub-Saharan Africa was the region where nearly half of all recorded stillbirths occurred.

Not all is doom and gloom, however, as the report also demonstrates notable improvement with a lower risk of death across all ages globally since 2000. This improvement can be attributed to more investments in primary health system strengthening to benefit women, children, and adolescents

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Since the turn of the century, the mortality rates for children under the age of five have fallen by 50% worldwide, those for older children and youth have fallen by 36%, and the stillbirth rate has fallen by 35%.

Despite the fact that these improvements are noticeable, gains appear to have significantly decreased. The target for under-five mortality set forth in the Sustainable Development Goals will not be achieved by 2010 and in 54 countries.

According to the report, close to 59 million children and youth will die before 2030, and close to 16 million will be lost to stillbirth, if immediate action is not taken to improve health services.

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The reports also point out data gaps, which could seriously diminish the effectiveness of policies and programs intended to increase childhood survival and well-being on a global scale.

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