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World to fall short of UN child health targets

Fewer than one-in-five developing countries are on track to meet UN targets for sharply reducing child and maternal mortality by 2015, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank warn.

The targets are part of the "Millennium Development Goals" set by the United Nations in 2000, which call for the death rate for under-fives to be cut by two-thirds and for a 75 per cent drop in maternal deaths.

But according to the World Bank, progress on cutting child mortality has been so slow that no sub-Saharan country will reach the goal.

For developing countries as a whole, the success rate is likely to be only 16 per cent.

One in 11 children in low-income countries dies before reaching five, most from preventable diseases and health problems, compared with one in 143 in rich states. Some 500,000 women die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth.

Reuters/ABC – World to fall short of child health targets

9 Jan 2004