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Good News: Fewer maternal and child deaths

Countdown to 2015 launches the 2012 Report

Since 1990, annual maternal deaths have declined by almost one half and the deaths of young children have declined from 12 million to 7.6 million in 2010.

Some of the world’s poorest countries have achieved spectacular progress in reducing child deaths. Rates of child mortality in many African Countries have been dropping twice as fast in recent years as during the 1990s.

Unfortunately many countries, especially in Africa and South Asia, are not making progress. Of the 75 countries with the highest burden of maternal and child mortality, 25 have made insufficient or no progress in reducing maternal deaths and 13 show no progress in reducing the number of young children who die.

Progress on maternal, newborn and child health, in the 75 highest-burden countries, most in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where more than 95 percent of all maternal and child deaths occur, has been laid out in a new 220-page report, Building a future for Women and Chidren, which is published by the Countdown to 2015 initiative (www.countdown2015mnch.org).