The Lancet: Premature deaths could be reduced by 40% over next 20 years

Press Release 
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9:00am [UK time] Friday 19 September, 2014**
New research published today [Friday 19 September] in The Lancet suggests that, with sustained international efforts, the number of premature deaths could be reduced by 40% over the next two decades (2010-2030), halving under–50 mortality and preventing a third of the deaths at ages 50–69 years. 
The findings reveal that, between 2000 and 2010, child deaths fell by one-third worldwide, helped by the fourth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce child deaths by two-thirds; and
premature deaths among adults fell by one-sixth, helped by MDG 5 to reduce maternal mortality and MDG 6 to fight AIDS, malaria and other diseases. With expanded international efforts against a wider range of causes, these rates of decrease could accelerate, say the authors.
The most striking change during 2000–2010 was a two-thirds reduction in childhood deaths from the diseases now controlled by vaccination (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, and measles), highlighting what targeted international efforts can achieve.  Read the full press release here.


DCP3 Contribution

The study was authored by a cohort of DCP3 editors, authors, and advisory committee members, including:


DCPN collaborating institution, the Centre for Global Health Research, and DCPN project sponsor, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provided funding for this study. 


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