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[Comment] Child mortality: the challenge for India and the world

Earlier this year, one of us took part in a policy dialogue about child health in Bangladesh. On being presented with evidence of increasing mortality among children younger than 5 years in parts of Bangladesh, a senior government official rightly enquired whether or not disaggregated (regional) cause of death data had been collected that could help explain this deviation from the national trend and guide responses. Sadly, our answer was “no”. That is exactly the kind of data gap that the work by the Million Death Study Collaborators1 published in The Lancet was designed to address.

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