Studie der Weltgesundheitsorganisation, 19.2.2020 (engl. Originalfassung)
Thirty years ago, the world made a commitment to protect and ful l children’s rights as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Among the most fundamental of these rights
is the right of every child to survive. While substantial progress in child survival has been made since then, the failure to fully meet that commitment reverberates today for millions of children: In 2018 alone, 5.3 million children died before reaching their fth birthday and almost 1 million children aged 5–14 years died.
It is especially unacceptable that these children and young adolescents died largely of preventable or treatable causes like infectious diseases and injuries when we have the means to prevent these deaths. The continued burden of child deaths is a call to redouble efforts to realize the Convention’s promise and other international human rights commitments that protect every child’s right to survive.
It is urgent to further accelerate progress in preventing child deaths. Current trends predict that close to 10 million 5- to 14-year-olds and 52 million children under 5 years of age will die between 2019 and 2030. Almost half of these under- ve deaths will be newborns whose deaths can be prevented by reaching high coverage of quality antenatal care, skilled care at birth, postnatal care for mother and baby, and care of small and sick newborns.
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