The loss of a child is heartbreaking. The loss of millions of children each year is one of the world’s greatest tragedies.
This makes progress in preventing child deaths one of our greatest successes. Globally the — falling from 12.6 million to 5.2 million in 2019. At the same time, the number of births has , so that the decline of the is larger.
More than 5 million deaths each year — ten children every minute — is still unacceptably high. This is especially true considering . We can and must do better: recent progress and our current reality .