UN: 6.6 million children under 5 died last yearSeptember 13, 2013 @ 12:28 am
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Death rates for children under five have halved in some regions since 1990, but about 6.6 million still are thought to have died last year, according to a new report issued by UNICEF on Friday.
The U.N. Children's agency says the highest death rates are in Africa and Asia and nearly half of all children who die are in five countries: Nigeria, Congo, India, Pakistan and China. In West and Central Africa, there has been virtually no change in the number of children who die every year since 1990.
The U.N. says the top killers are pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria.
Solid numbers were only available from about half of the world's countries and experts used modeling techniques to estimate the number of deaths worldwide.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Jason Rantz says actually, there are laws to address negligent gun owners
Best in the House
With Seahawks home games 'sold out' the ticket price of this seat doesn't seem so bad
Microsoft releases a band that monitors more than just your fitness
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.