The number of deaths in children under five worldwide declined from 12.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2013, in spite of population growth (UN estimates). Such progress results from diverse efforts to improve nutrition and healthcare globally. For example, measles vaccines saved approximately 14 million lives from 2000 to 2013. Nonetheless, still over 6 million children die before their 5th birthday each year, so the efforts must continue. Reduce child mortality is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations.
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