Tuesday, May 6, 2008

10M children worldwide die from lack of health care

By TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press Writer
Tue May 6, 7:41 AM ET

MANILA, Philippines - More than 200 million children worldwide under age 5 do not get basic health care, leading to nearly 10 million deaths annually from treatable ailments like diarrhea and pneumonia, a U.S.-based charity said Wednesday.

Nearly all of the deaths occur in the developing world, with poor children facing twice the risk of dying compared to richer children, according to Save the Children's global report.

Sweden, Norway and Iceland top the ranking in terms of well-being for mothers and children in 146 countries surveyed, while Nigeria ranks last.

Eight out of 10 bottom-ranked countries are in sub-Saharan Africa, where four out of five mothers are likely to lose a child in their lifetime, Save the Children said.

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10M children worldwide die from lack of health care

1 comment:

paki girl said...

So sad. I imagine these numbers don't even include the children lost via miscarriages because of a lack of health care for pregnant women. :-\