I don't want to beg, I don't want to work, I want to go to school
Child death and childhood death- these do not mean the same thing and researchers & policymakers should view both of them with equal importance. In South Asia, so many studies are getting done to measure and limit the volume of child death but very few are focusing on childhood death which is a regular phenomena with the population who are living at or below the poverty line. Small kids are forcefully sent to work by their families. Those who are too small to work, they are released to the busy streets for begging. Most vulnerable are the female children who become victims of sexual harassment while out on work at such a little age. These kids did not die but their childhood gets killed by their families. But, this is just a microscopic glance. If seen wholly, the policymakers are not being able to fully utilize the resources for developing the population which they could do otherwise if right people were on the right places to take useful decisions beneficial to the people who cannot afford to provide safe childhood to their children. Refination is needed in the top to help the grassroots sprout into trees.
Postscript: Yesterday, my brother who is studying MPH (Master of Public Health) asked me to review his class assignment. At first glance, I found that at some places, he wrote 'childhood death'. I was delighted to see that new researches on childhood mortality is on their way. However, when I asked him, he replied it is just to ornamentalize the wordings; it was an assignment on child mortality. I at once replaced all the 'childhood death' with 'child death'. He was surprised. He asked me why did I replace all of them. I just smiled.