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A Child Or Youth Dies Every 4.4 Seconds According To A United Nations Report

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This UN report defines a youth as someone aged between 5 and 24.

A child or youth died once every 4.4 seconds in 2021, according to a new United Nations report.

The report also estimates that five million children died before their fifth birthday in 2021.

This UN report defines a youth as someone aged between 5 and 24.

It estimates that five million children died before their fifth birthday last year, while another 2.1 million children and youth worldwide lost their lives in 2021.

The report shows that there's a lower risk of death across all ages globally since 2000.

The global under-five mortality rate fell by 50% since the start of the century, while mortality rates in older children and youth dropped by 36%.

The UN puts this down to more investments in strengthening primary health systems to benefit women, children and young people.

However, depending on where they're born, children face wildly differentiating chances of survival.

Children born in sub-Saharan Africa are 15 times more likely to die young than children in Europe or North America.

In a separate report also released today, it was revealed that 1.9 million babies were stillborn in 2021.

77% of all stillbirths in 2021 occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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