Washington | May 12, 2010
Preventable infectious diseases accounted for two-thirds of the nine million child deaths in 2008, says a new study. Experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unicef's Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) assessed data from 193 countries to produce estimates by country, region and the world. "With less than five years to reach the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 4 — to reduce child deaths by two-thirds from 1990 levels — it is vital for governments, public health organisations, and donors to have accurate country-level estimates so they can target their efforts effectively," study leader Robert Black, who heads the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said.
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