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10 facts on child health

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Some 80% of the world’s under-five deaths in 2012 occurred in only 25 countries, and about half in only five countries

Under-five deaths are increasingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Child survival rates differ significantly around the world. Within countries, child mortality is higher in rural areas, and among poorer and less educated families.

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