Rwanda: Nation Hits UN Target On Child Mortality

15 Sep

Read the full report of The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), titled“Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed” here http://www.unicef.org/media/files/APR_Progress_Report_2012_final.pdf

KIKOYO chronicles

Rwanda has kept pace in the reduction of the mortality rate for children in the past two decades, a new report said yesterday.

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) report, titled “Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed,” says child mortality rates in the country were slashed from 156 deaths per 1000 children to 54 deaths per 1000 children born annually, reflecting a two-thirds reduction.

The fall implies the country is on course to achieving the Millennium Development Goal 4 – of reducing child mortality rates by two thirds by 2015.

And considering what has already been done in the health sector this year, some officials are confident the country has already achieved the required 52 per cent decline in child mortality rate.

The Minister of Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho, congratulated Rwandans and health workers, in particular, for a job well done, but urged them to work even harder.

“Rwandans…

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