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An article in today's Lancet (free registration) sets out new, up to date estimates of the causes of child deaths. The study finds that more than 70% of the 10.6 million annual child deaths worldwide are attributable to six causes: pneumonia (19%), diarrhoea (18%), malaria (8%), neonatal sepsis or pneumonia (10%), preterm delivery (10%), and asphyxia at birth (8%). Infectious diseases account for more than half (54%) of childhood deaths.
This study shows that the main causes of child deaths can be addressed through existing and affordable interventions.
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