Child mortality declining in Niger
A Nigerien blogger visits villages in Niger, investigating whether child mortality rates have improved since the commitment to the MDGs in 2000.
The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) collaborated with Nigerien blogger Halima Laoual Bachir to produce this blog-style video, in time for the launch of their report looking at whether governments are achieving their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on child mortality rates.
Nearly 50-million lives saved since 2000; millions more can be saved by 2030: Unicef report
Unicef has launched a study, A Promise Renewed: 2015 Progress Report, which shows that since 2000, when governments committed to achieving the MDGs, the lives of 48-million children under the age of five have been saved. Some of the world’s poorest countries have demonstrated that substantial reductions in child mortality can be achieved despite formidable obstacles.
This remarkable progress is the result of sustained action by leaders to make saving children’s lives a policy and a political priority, to improve and use data about child survival, and to scale up proven interventions, the report says.
The number of children who die from mostly preventable causes before they turn five now stands at 5.9-million a year – a 53% drop since 1990.
Some of the world’s poorest countries have demonstrated that substantial reductions in child mortality can be achieved despite formidable obstacles.