A baby girl is weighed in a sling scale at the Bilmari health centre in the town of Mirriah in Mirriah Department, in Zinder Region, Niger.
In Niger, under-five mortality rates remain among the highest in the world, the result of preventable or treatable conditions, including malnutrition.
Worldwide, under-5 mortality has declined from more than 12 million deaths in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010 – yet thousands of children still die every day from preventable diseases. On 14-15 June 2012, the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, together with UNICEF, are convening the Child Survival Call to Action, a meeting to mobilize the world toward one ambitious but simple goal – ending preventable child deaths. The meeting asks governments and partners to sign A Promise Renewed, a pledge to work toward greater child survival. This image is part of a series highlighting global efforts to improve child survival.
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