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Child mortality rates fall, 14/09/07 [W/E/NI/S +]

Unicef have released figures showing that worldwide child deaths are at a record low of 9.7 million per year – down from almost 13 million in 1990.

The decrease has been attributed to factors including Measles vaccinations, mosquito nets and increased rates of breast-feeding.

However, experts said most of the deaths were preventable and that more needed to be done.

The Unicef figures are based on government-conducted surveys in more than 50 countries in 2005 and 2006.

More information can be found on Unicef’s website.