According to World Health Organization (WHO):
- 5.6 million Children under the age of 5 years died in 2016. This translates into 15 000 under-five deaths per day.
- More than half of these early child deaths are due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions.
- Leading causes of death in children under-5 years are preterm birth complications, pneumonia, birth asphyxia, diarrhea and malaria.
- In 2016, 30% of new born deaths were caused by preterm birth complications and complications during labor or child birth.
- 6 countries still have an under five mortality rate above 100 deaths per 1000 live births.
- In 2016, 2.6 million children died globally in the last 3 months of pregnancy or were stillborn.
- In 2016, 2.6 million children died globally in the first month of life – about 7,000 every day – accounting for 46 per cent of all under-five deaths, increasing from 41 per cent in 2000.
Aid UK spends N2.6bn on children’s health in 2 years
Country Director of Christian Aid UK-Nigeria, Charles Usie, yesterday said the organisation has expended N2.6 billion in the past two years for treatment of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea on children under five years, in rural communities across seven states of Nigeria.