Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report:
WHO releases Report on health Millennium Development Goals: Child deaths drop worldwide - Slow progress on maternal, newborn deaths
22 MAY 2009
22 MAY 2009 - The number of worldwide deaths among children younger than age five has fallen by 27% since 1990, but there has been little progress in reducing maternal mortality and newborn deaths, according to the World Health Statistics 2009 report, which was released on Thursday, Reuters reports (Reid, Reuters, 5/21).
The annual report is based on more than 100 health indicators from WHO's 193 member states (WHO release, 5/21). The focus of this year's report is on progress toward achieving the eight U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include cutting child and maternal mortality (Schlein, VOA News, 5/21).