According to the latest child mortality report, the number of children dying before the age of 5 is at a new low. UNICEF has helped to cut the world’s child mortality rate by 60% since 1990, one of the greatest global success stories in the past 31 years. In partnership with UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) played a leading role in reducing child deaths by increasing access to lifesaving vaccines, quality nutrition and other cost-effective interventions. Unfortunately, while the child mortality rate dropped significantly between 1990 and 2019, the impact of COVID-19 threatens to reverse that progress.
Additionally, despite the incredible progress made prior to COVID-19:
- In 2019 alone, nearly 5.2 million children under the age of 5 died of preventable causes
- 2.4 million of those who children who died from preventable and treatable causes in 2019 were newborns
- In 2017, 295,000 women died from complications during pregnancy or childbirth
You can play a vital role in this urgent fight to save millions of childrens' lives.