Falling child mortality

The Economist is one our the few papers to report genuinely good news, such as the fact that child mortality is falling rapidly.

In 2009 3.3m children died before they were four weeks old, down from 4.6m in 1990, according to a new paper from the World Health Organisation. The burden is not spread evenly. Five populous countries—India, Nigeria, Pakistan, China and the Congo—now account for more than half of all neonatal deaths

Since countries in far worse shape than those five have much lower mortality rates, the remaining deaths clearly have more to do with politics and neglect than poverty. So don't let the guilt industry lay child mortality at your door.


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The River of Myths by Hans Rosling