From the Million Death Study, Hope

While India’s childhood death toll is staggering—29 million between 2000 and 2015—it could have been much worse.

According to data from the Million Death Study published last week in The Lancet, the overall child mortality rate slowed down significantly, and the gender gap narrowed during that time. The total deaths for that period would have been an estimated 39 million if they’d kept pace with 2000 numbers.

The researchers set out to improve upon hospital death data by also probing the cause of death, collecting "verbal autopsies" from family surveys.

Source: NPR Goats and Soda

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