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Millennium Development Goals: Child Mortality

Fifteen years ago, the UN pledged to cut the global child mortality rate by two-thirds by the end of 2015, but it is a Millennium Development Goal the world is unlikely to reach.

Fifteen years ago, the UN pledged to cut the global child mortality rate by two-thirds by the end of 2015, but it is a Millennium Development Goal (MDG) the world is unlikely to reach. We look at why that is and hear some of the stories behind the numbers. Reporter Brian Hungwe is in the Zimbabwean capital Harare and speaks to new mothers there. Mthuli Ncube, the former chief economist at the African Development Bank and now a senior research fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, tells us how this particular MDG has been useful in development work. And Mickey Chopra, UNICEF's head of global health programmes, explains why cutting child mortality by two-thirds globally has been a tough target to reach.

(Photo: A woman carries her baby on her back; Credit: Alexander Joe/Getty Images)

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