Opinion: Are new UN child health estimates good news?

A Congolese baby receives treatment for cholera at a clinic in the town of Goma, Congo, Nov. 10, 2008.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Are new United Nations estimates on child mortality good news or bad?

Both actually. Good news, because global child deaths continue to drop.

Bad news, because that progress isn’t reaching all families around the world, and it isn’t reaching newborn babies as often as older children. Every year, 7.6 million children under 5 still die, almost all from preventable causes.

Why is this? Read on.