According to the World Health Organization, some 6.6 million children, under the age of 5, died in 2012, half of them from conditions that were preventable, or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions.
Approximately 45% of all the mortalities were linked to malnutrition, and more than 70% took place in Africa and Southeast Asia. The leading causes of death were pneumonia, preterm birth complications, birth asphyxia, diarrhoea and malaria.
An estimated 110.6 million children were vaccinated in 2012, but 22.6 million were not. The WHO says that a timely dispatch of Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTP3) vaccines could save an estimated 1.5 million lives annually.