London — Six-million children worldwide died in 2017 from preventable diseases and other complications, which was about half the number of similar deaths in 2000 when nations endorsed goals to end extreme poverty, the UN said on Tuesday. World leaders adopted the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, a year in which 11.2-million children below age 15 died from preventable diseases, a lack of clean water, malnutrition and during birth. That number fell to 6.3-million in 2017 — or one child dying every five seconds — according to the UN children’s agency, Unicef, which published Tuesday’s report along with other agencies and the World Bank. "Millions of babies and children should not still be dying every year from lack of access to water, sanitation, proper nutrition or basic health services," said Princess Simelela of the World Health Organisation. Most deaths in 2017 — 5.4-million — were children below the age of five, according to the report, which also found that babie...

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