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Saving Children’s Lives – Save the Children’s new report by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
February 19, 2008, 4:06 pm
Filed under: Development theory, If you have 30 mins

Save UK has a new report out titled “Saving Children’s Lives – Why Equity Matters”. It contains the new “Wealth and Survival Index” which compares child mortality to national income per capita. Save says “It shows who is making the most of what they have and who is squandering their resources. The index states how many children’s lives the worst performing countries should be expected to save each year, given their national wealth.

Save the Children’s director of policy, David Mepham said: “A child’s chance of making it to its fifth birthday depends on the country or community it is born into. This sounds like a lottery, something beyond human control, but this should not be the case. While poverty and inequality are consistent underlying causes of child deaths, all countries, even the poorest, can cut child mortality if they pursue the right policies and prioritise their poorest families. Good government choices save children’s lives but bad ones are a death sentence.

Read the summary here, or download the full report here.


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the infant moratality rate has always remined the concern of the policies in developing countries. the deaths among infants is due to many things, not having proper child care, low nurtrition, impure drinking water, least immunisation, these are due to poverty in general. the poor have low income and cant manage all these necessary things for their newly born childern, so the end result is high infant mortality rate. also these poplem have less awareness about these things, hence the porblem becom,es more worse. the govt and NGOs need to focus keenly first what are the causes of infant deaths and then adopt those policies and projects which have more dircet effects on reducing the IMR and improving the health of children under five. we need to use the available resources optimally to get the best and suatainable results with less chances of failures. this is really ice to achieve these kind of targets and have to increase the areas of concern.

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