HIV, Poor Prenatal Care Contribute to High Under-Five Child Mortality Rates Worldwide, UNICEF Report Says
October 8, 2004
Poor prenatal care, HIV and other preventable illnesses contribute to high rates of mortality among children under the age of five worldwide -- but especially in sub-Saharan Africa -- and progress in reducing child deaths has been "alarmingly slow," according to a UNICEF report released on Friday, AFP/Yahoo! News reports. The annual "Progress for Children" report indicates that few of the world's developing countries will meet the Millennium Development Goal of reducing the number of child deaths by two-thirds by 2015, according to AFP/Yahoo! News. Although HIV/AIDS is a "chief underlying cause" of child deaths, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, inadequate prenatal care and health care delivery still cause the greatest proportion of preventable deaths, AFP/Yahoo News! reports (AFP/Yahoo! News, 10/8). "It is incredible that in an age of technological and medical marvels, child survival is so tenuous in so many places, especially for the poor and marginalized," UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said, adding, "The world has the tools to improve child survival, if only it would use them." UNICEF said that 90 countries, including 53 developing nations, are expected to meet the development goal, but 98 countries are "stagnating or going backward," the AP/Long Island Newsday reports. "No government should be allowed to let another 10 years pass with so little progress," Bellamy said, adding, "Leaders have agreed to have goals and they must be held accountable" (Nadler, AP/Long Island Newsday, 10/7).
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