Unicef are reporting today that the number of children globally dying below the age of 5 has fallen below 10 million for the first time. Although at 9.7 million is nothing to be smug about at least the numbers are falling. The reduction has been through basic health measures such as immunisation, encouragement to breast feed, and insecticide treated bed nets to prevent malaria.

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You can see from the above table that although Aids and Malaria are a problem, the main problem is unresolved diseases like pneumonia and diarhhoea. Until there are substantial improvemens in sanitation, childhood nutrition and access to clean water, these number will not go down any further.

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