What is it about?

This study looks at child mortality rates worldwide and how they've changed over time. It focuses on children under 5 years old. The goal is to understand how many children are dying and why. The study also predicts what might happen in the future, including the impact of things like COVID-19. The findings help us see which countries are doing well and which need more help to save children's lives. The study suggests ways to improve care for babies and young children, like better healthcare and vaccines. The aim is to make sure more kids survive and grow up healthy.

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Why is it important?

This study stands out because it focuses on child mortality, particularly in children under 5 years old. The findings are crucial for understanding global progress in saving children's lives and meeting important goals. With the added consideration of factors like COVID-19, this research provides timely insights into the challenges and opportunities ahead. The study's recommendations for improving child survival through better healthcare, vaccinations, and addressing inequalities have the potential to make a significant impact. As child health is a universal concern, this work could draw the attention of a wide readership interested in global health, development, and improving the well-being of children worldwide.


As one of the authors, I feel privileged to have contributed to this important study on child mortality. The findings shed light on the progress we've made in reducing child deaths globally, while also highlighting the challenges that persist, especially in regions like sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. The inclusion of potential impacts from COVID-19 adds a timely dimension to our research, given the ongoing pandemic's influence on healthcare systems.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: Global, regional, and national progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 3.2 for neonatal and child health: all-cause and cause-specific mortality findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019, The Lancet, August 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(21)01207-1.
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