PLoS Blogs

In PLoS Blogs Dr. Peter Hotez and Jennifer Herricks comment on the recently released global mortality numbers, specifically those for children under five.

"The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013) based at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington recently released its global mortality numbers for the year 2013.

We find the under-five childhood deaths particularly instructive.  Of the almost four million children between the ages of one and 59 months who tragically died before their time, almost one-half of them died from infectious diseases, led by lower respiratory infections (708,600), malaria (570,000), or diarrheal disease (474,900)."