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The State of the World's Children 2008

Child Survival

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The 2008 report examines the state of child survival and primary health care for children, with a strong emphasis on trends in child mortality.It appraises the lessons learned in child survival over the past century.The centerpiece of the report looks at several of the most promising approaches-community partnerships, the continuum of care framework and health-system strengthening for out-comes-to reach those mothers, new borns and children who are currently excluded from essential interventions. By highlighting examples from countries and districts where these have been successful, as well as exploring the main challenges to their expansion, this report offers practical ways to jump-start the progress.

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Uniting for child survival

The world will not be a perfect place even if the Millennium Development Goals are achieved. Poverty will still exist. Children and their mothers will still die needlessly. And the environment will continue to demand our attention. Nevertheless, according to the estimates from the Millennium Project, the independent advisory body that introduced recommendations for achieving the MDGs to the 2005 World Summit, reaching the goals will mean that the lives of up to 30 million children and 2 million mothers will have been spared. More than 300 million people will no longer go hungry. Hundreds of millions of people will gain access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation facilities. Millions more children will go to school and millions more women will enjoy economic and political opportunities.

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