Levels & Trends in Child Mortality
Global, regional, and national levels and trends in under-5 mortality between 1990 and 2015
UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation | UNICEF, WHO, World Bank Group, UN | 2015
The number of children who die worldwide before reaching the age of five has fallen by more than half since 1990, according to a new report by UNICEF. However, the figures also show that the Millennium Development Goal to cut them by two-thirds by the end of 2015 will not be met. The study turns up shocking statistics: 16,000 children under five still die every day – and sadly, most deaths are due to complications at birth, diarrhoea, or other very preventable causes. While tremendous progress had been made, “the far too large number of children still dying… should impel us to redouble our efforts,” said Geeta Rao Gupta, a UNICEF deputy executive director. “We cannot continue to fail them.”
An update of the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME) database with 5700 country-year datapoints. As of July, 2015, the database contains about 17 000 country-year datapoints for mortality of children younger than 5 years for 195 countries, and includes all available nationally-representative data from vital registration systems, population censuses, household surveys, and sample registration systems.