Malnutrition a leading child killer
KENYA has been identified among the African countries that are likely to miss Millennium Development Goals, the UN said yesterday. The report released by Unicef, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank Group said Kenya will miss MDG 4 which aims to reduce mortality rate of children under five years by 2015.
This is after the global average annual rate of reduction in under-five mortality arose from 1.2 per cent a year to 3.9 per cent. “The leading causes of death among children aged less than five years include pneumonia, prematurity, birth asphyxia, diarrhoea and malaria,” said the report. The report added that globally, about 45 per cent of under-five deaths are linked to under-nutrition.