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Global child mortality rates falling, but UK is lagging behind

26th May 2010

Global child mortality rates have fallen over the last 40 years, but the UK is lagging behind wealthier nations, according to new research.

A study published in the Lancet has found child mortality in the UK has not fallen as quickly as expected, with Britain’s rate of 5.3 deaths per 1,000 live births ranking as the highest in western Europe.

The UK fell from 12th best in the world in 1970 to 33rd in 2010, according to the research.

The researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle found Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal and Spain had all overtaken the UK in the past four decades.

Study leader Dr Christopher Murray stated that healthcare provision is likely to be the biggest factor in explaining child mortality variations among high-income countries.

He said: “Most of the deaths in places like the UK will be neonatal and you would have to look in more detail at what aspects of healthcare might explain that difference.”

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