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Progress in reducing child deaths: updated estimates of causes and trends

Despite remarkable progress in the improvement of child survival between 1990 and 2015, the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 target of a two-thirds reduction of under-5 mortality rate (U5MR) was not achieved globally. A paper published last week examined updated … Continue reading

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Major improvements in global life expectancy, Africa is starting to catch up

Today we released World Health Statistics 2016, our annual publication summarizing information on the health of the world’s people . Global average life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. Those gains … Continue reading

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Did the world achieve the Millenium Development Goals for health?

In 2015 the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to the end of their term, and a post-2015 agenda, comprising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), takes their place. My Department published a report in December 2015 assessing the achievement of the … Continue reading

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Maternal mortality has been almost halved in the last 25 years.

Last week, we released the latest global estimates of maternal mortality from the UN Interagency Group led by WHO (also includes UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank and UN Population Division) http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/news These also represent our final assessment of country, regional and … Continue reading

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Child deaths in 2015: much accomplished, but more to do

In 2000, world leaders agreed on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). MDG 4 called for a two-thirds reduction in the under-5 mortality rate between 1990 and 2015. Today the UN Interagency Group on Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME), which my team … Continue reading

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Global life expectancy increasing at the frontier rate

WHO Department of Mortality and Burden of Disease coordinator Colin Mathers told Voice of America that astonishing progress has been made in global life expectancy. “We are estimating that over the 25 years of the Millennium Development Goal period, there … Continue reading

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Is the world achieving the health-related Millenium Development Goals?

We published World Health Statistics 2015 this week. It assesses progress towards the health-related goals in each of the 194 countries for which data are available. The results are mixed. By the end of this year if current trends continue, … Continue reading

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