Since 1990, the world has seen a dramatic 44 percent reduction in maternal mortality. This is a tremendous success story in international development. Despite this progress maternal mortality remains an urgent health crisis in many low and middle income countries.
Each year, 2.8 million infants around the world do not survive their first month of life, and one million do not even survive their first 24 hours.
Worldwide, the number of deaths of children under five has decreased dramatically. However, 16,000 children under the age of five are still dying each day. Of the nearly six million children who didn’t live to see their fifth birthday, almost one million died on their first day of life.
Malnutrition affects hundreds of millions of children worldwide, impacting their long-term growth and development. Over one-third of the children in developing countries are malnourished.