November 08, 2007

Middle East > 89,000 Afghanistan Kids Saved This Year

USA Today - Afghan officials: Better care saves 89,000 kids this year:

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Close to 90,000 children who would have died before age 5 in Afghanistan during Taliban rule will stay alive this year because of advances in medical care in the country, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday.

The under-5 child mortality rate in Afghanistan has declined from an estimated 257 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2001 to about 191 per 1,000 in 2006, the Ministry of Public Health said, relying on a new study by Johns Hopkins University.

The U.N. and aid agency Save the Children both hailed the advances in health care in Afghanistan.

"This is certainly very positive news," said the U.N. spokesman in Afghanistan, Adrian Edwards. "To come from such low life expectancy to see this improvement does appear to be an indication that the work on the health sector here is beginning to pay off."

The article goes out of its way to give any credit to the U.S., devoting just one sentence (the last sentence) to the American role: "A U.S.-led invasion in 2001 toppled the Taliban militant movement from power."

Posted by lesjones | TrackBack


Les, I think you left out the word "not" in the last sentence: "The article goes out of its way to give any credit to the U.S.,"

Posted by: Perpster at November 08, 2007

I think you're right - it sorts works, but note quite. I've edited it just now to make it more clear.

Posted by: Les Jones at November 08, 2007

25% child mortality rate?!!!

The noted improvement is great, but is still appalling if one in every five dies. Hopefully this improvement will continue.

Posted by: -B at November 12, 2007
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