A group of UN agencies revealed that no fewer than 6.3 million children under the age of 15 died from mostly preventable causes in 2017.
The new report compiled by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Population Division and the World Bank revealed that the estimate is the equivalent to one child dying every five seconds.
According to the report covering all 183 UN Member countries, including Nigeria, around 56 million children under-five would also die between 2018 and 2030 while newborn babies account for half of the deaths.
The study: ‘Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Estimates developed by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation’, spelt out estimates of mortality among children under age five and children aged five to 14.
UNICEF Research Director, Laurence Chandy, said that major progress in reducing child mortality has been made in the last quarter century, with the toll dropping by more than half since 1990.
He, however, said: “Millions are still dying because of who they are, and where they are born.
“With simple solutions like medicines, clean water, electricity and vaccines, we can change that reality for every child”.
Reacting to the study, Senior Director of Health Nutrition and Population at the World Bank, Tim Evans, said: “Ending preventable deaths and investing in the health of young people is a basic foundation for building countries’ human capital, which will drive their future growth and prosperity.”