More than 6 million children died last year before their fifth birthday. Most of those deaths could have been prevented.
Calling this a human rights tragedy, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein said a human rights-based approach would help lower the number of preventable deaths of children. Zeid spoke during the UN Human Rights Office launch of the technical guidance note on using human rights to address child mortality and morbidity.
The note, which was launched during the 27th Human Rights Council session, lists tangible, concrete measures that States can take, using a human rights-based approach to reduce and eliminate preventable deaths of children under five years of age.