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Staggering Statistic

Published May 13, 2010 12:59 PM by Kelly Graham

In 2008, 8.8 million children under the age of 5 died. That number is startling, but even more so is this: 68% of those deaths were caused by infectious diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria, according to a recent study in the Lancet.

High-income countries account for only 1% of those deaths, but nearly half occurred in just five countries: Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Pakistan and China.  

These numbers highlight the need for fast, portable and inexpensive diagnostics that can be utilized by developing countries, as well as the ongoing urgency of getting funding, programs and treatments to the countries that need them the most.

posted by Kelly Graham

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