UN releases alarming report on infant death

A report drawn up by several UN agencies has alerted to the number of child deaths in 2021. There are 5 million children under the age of 5 who lost their lives last year, and according to the UN, these words were “largely preventable”.

The number of deaths of children under the age of 5 in the world is “alarming” judged the United Nations agencies judging that there has been a slowdown in efforts to fight against the phenomenon since 2010 despite the reduction of 50% deaths since 2000.

“The fact that 5 million children died in 2021 before reaching their fifth birthday is alarming, given the availability of knowledge and actions to prevent these deaths”, estimates this report drawn up by several organizations including UNICEF. , the World Health Organization and the World Bank.

Nearly half of these child deaths occur in the very first month, mostly due to prematurity or complications from childbirth.

After the first month, infectious diseases are the biggest threats, especially pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria with disparate data according to the regions of the world.

The UN agencies believe that these deaths can be avoided through better care at birth, food supplements, water sanitation programs and vaccination.

The rate of stillbirths has dropped by 35% since the early 2000s, reaching 1.9 million cases in 2021 according to a second report from the same organizations published on Tuesday.

“In the absence of rapid action to improve health services, international organizations predict nearly 59 million deaths of children and young people before 2030, to which will be added some 16 million stillbirths”, indicated the agencies.

“Political will and leadership are essential to ensure sustainable funding for primary health care — one of the most valuable investments countries and development partners can make,” said Juan Pablo Uribe in the statement. of the World Bank.

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