Chelsea Clinton: The lurking threat to child survival

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  • Chelsea Clinton, Devi Sridhar: Helping infants survive remains the greatest challenge in global health
  • Outbreaks such Ebola and MERS, tragic as they are, draw resources away from core health work, they write

Chelsea Clinton is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and vice chairwoman of the Clinton Foundation. Devi Sridhar is a professor of global public health at University of Edinburgh's Medical School and on the board of Save the Children UK. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.

(CNN)Sometimes, when we look around, it can seem that our world is worse off than it's ever been. But despite intractable problems, there is good news: Untold millions of people are living healthier, more productive and more secure lives than ever before.

One of the most important areas where tremendous progress has been made is child survival. With vaccination and better management of pneumonia, diarrhea and measles, the global community has reduced child deaths by half in little over 10 years.
    Even skeptics of international development efforts like economists Dambisa Moyo and Bill Easterly recognize these gains. But we cannot equate progress with success, particularly given how tenuous the progress is.
    Chelsea Clinton