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Under-five mortality rate plummets

Two UN agencies have said the number of boys and girls under five who die annually has plummeted from 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010.

Unicef and the World Health Organisation said there are many reasons for the falling under-five mortality rate including better access to health care and preventive measures such as immunisations.

But while the numbers are positive, the agencies said more must be done for the world's nations to reach UN development goals to lower the mortality rate even more.

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