A new UNICEF report, Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, Progress Report 2013, shows that, despite impressive gains, we are significantly behind schedule to reach the fourth Millennium Development Goal: to reduce by two thirds, by 2015, the under-five mortality rate. Progress must be accelerated, or the world will not meet this goal until 2028.
Malaria remains a significant cause of child deaths; UNICEF’s most recent report estimates that malaria kills 1,200 children under 5 every day, totaling to more than 450,000 child deaths in 2012. The burden is particularly high in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria accounts for 14% of all child deaths, and which represent 97% of global malaria child deaths. The use of insecticide treated nets, malaria diagnostics, and ACTs varies widely by country and region, and is critically low in some high burden countries.
As a part of its pledge, A Promise Renewed aims to achieve universal coverage of insecticide-treated bed nets for all children, and ensure proper testing and treatment for malaria for all children at the immediate onset of fever.
To read the full report, download it here.