Health - Mortality rate of U-5 children reduced by half in Mali. The mortality rate of children under five in Mali was reduced by half between 1990 and 2012, the UNICEF Representative in Mali, Gianfranco Rotigliano, indicated here Wednesday in a report, entitled 'the state of the world’s children in figures 2014'.
According to the report, 'To a large extent, progress has been made, thanks to vaccinations and improved health, water and sanitation services.'
Data from the report shows that fewer children die before they reach age 5 although in some countries, including Mali where progress is being made, too many children are still being left behind.
The UNICEF representative noted that Mali has the eighth highest mortality rate among children under 5, which is 128 deaths per 1,000 live births, behind Sierra Leone, Angola, Chad, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Guinea-Bissau.
On education, the report said that the literacy rate of young people, aged 15 to 24, is low with disparities between boys (56%) and girls (39%).