The num­bers

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42%

The re­duc­tion of deaths, world­wide, from pre­ventable dis­eases, of chil­dren un­der five years old over the past two decades.

12m

The num­ber of chil­dren dy­ing each year from pre­ventable disease 20 years ago.

7m

The num­ber of chil­dren dy­ing each year to­day.

1,2,3,4

Pneu­mo­nia is the num­ber 1 child killer, fol­lowed by di­ar­rhea, malaria and birth com­pli­ca­tions, all eas­ily pre­ventable. Th­ese statis­tics were re­leased last month on Uni­ver­sal Chil­dren’s day, cel­e­brated on Novem­ber 21, 2012.

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