Child Survival: a Strategy for the African Region Report of the Regional Director
AbstractThe past 20 years have witnessed improvements in child survival due to effective public health interventions and better economic and social performance worldwide. Nevertheless, about 10.6 million children die yearly, 4.6 million of these in the African Region. About one quarter of these deaths occur in the first month of life, over two thirds in the first seven days. The majority of under-five deaths are due to a small number of common, preventable and treatable conditions such as infections, malnutrition and neonatal conditions occurring singly or in combination. 2. The average decline in under-five mortality experienced globally over the years is mainly attributed to decline in rates in countries with rapid economic development. The African Region needs to increase its average annual mortality reduction rate to 8.2% per annum if Millennium Development Goal 4 is to be achieved by 2015. A number of affordable recommended interventions have been identified which could prevent 63% of current mortality. 3. The key to making progress towards attaining the goal by 2015 is reaching every newborn and child in every district with a limited set of priority interventions. New and serious commitments are necessary to prioritize and accelerate child survival efforts and allocate resources within countries
Regional Committee for Africa, 56. (2006). Child Survival: a Strategy for the African Region Report of the Regional Director. WHO. Regional Office for Africa. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/92660
DescriptionRegional Committee for Africa Fifty-sixth Session Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 28 August–1 September 2006, Provisional agenda item 8.7
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Regional Committee for Africa, 59 (AFR-RC59-INF-DOC-2, 2011-06-14)Every year, about 4.7 million children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa die of preventable and treatable diseases including infections, malnutrition and neonatal conditions.1 These deaths account for 51% of global under-five mortality.1 Only five countries2 in the WHO African Region are on track to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4 which is to reduce child deaths by two-thirds from the 1990 levels by 2015. 2. “Child Survival: A strategy for the African Region,”3 was developed by WHO, UNICEF and World Bank and adopted by the ...