Africa’s great success story: Lowering child mortality

News coverage of the state of children in Africa tends to highlight their role as soldiers in civil wars and the high numbers who fall prey to famine, there is good news to report. According to the Economist, in many African nations, the rate of child mortality is “falling about twice as fast as during the early 2000s and 1990s” and the average fall is “faster than it was in China in the early 1980s.”

The Center for Global Development calls the progress the “biggest, best story in development.” The Center notes that the decline of several African nations collectively is occurring “at an annual rate much greater than the rate called for by the Millennium Development Goals.”

 

 

Further reading: The Center for Global Development report on mortality rates in Kenya and the reasons behind their decline.

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