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In four short months presidents and prime ministers from around the world will gather at a major UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals. The meeting will be a major stocktaking of what has been achieved and what has not; which policies work, and which don't; but most of all it will focus on how can governments renew their commitments to reach each of the eight MDGs by 2015.  

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New Study Shows Childhood Mortality Declining Worldwide

A new study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington shows that childhood mortality rates have plummeted world-wide since 1990.   According to the report, "Worldwide mortality in children younger than 5 years has dropped from 11.9 million deaths in 1990 to 7.7 million deaths in 2010, a rate of decline that is faster than expected." 

That's good news. But it gets better: