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A child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world--UN report.

Here is a look at the startling report by the numbers

60 - Children from the highest mortality countries are up to 60 times more likely to die in the first five years of life than those from the lowest mortality countries.

6,300,000 - An estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes.

5,400,000 The vast majority of these deaths--5.4 million --occur in the first five years of life, with newborns accounting for around half of the deaths.

56 million - Without urgent action, 56 million children under five will die from now until 2030 -- half of them newborns.

1 in 13 - Globally, in 2017, half of all deaths under five years of age took place in sub-Saharan Africa, and another 30 per cent in Southern Asia. In sub-Saharan Africa, 1 in 13 children died before their fifth birthday. In high-income countries, that number was 1 in 185.

12.6 million Despite challenges, fewer children are dying each year worldwide. The number of children dying under five has fallen dramatically from 12.6 million in 1990 to 5.4 million in 2017. The number of deaths in older children aged between 5 to 14 years dropped from 1.7 million to under a million in the same period.

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Date:Oct 4, 2018
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