Improving child health in our region an investment in the future

Trevor Duke; 24/11/09

If you were to board a plane at 7 o’clock tomorrow morning from any east coast capital city in Australia, by just after midday you could be in a country where death rates for children are 10-15 times higher than for Australian children. In East Timor, for every 1000 children born, 97 will die before their fifth birthday. In Papua New Guinea, 57 of every 1000 children born will die before they turn one, and a further 18 by age five. In Australia, less than five children out of every thousand born die before their fifth birthday. This situation, 20 years since the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and in these days of globalisation, freedom of travel and co-operation between countries on so many things, can’t be allowed to continue.

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