Child mortality declines sharply across regions

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New child mortality estimates show that substantial progress has been made towards achieving Millennium Development Goal 4. The estimates were released today by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, which includes UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank and United Nations Population Division.

Since 1990 the global under-five mortality rate has dropped 41%, from 89 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 52 in 2011. Four of the six World Bank’s developing regions have reduced their under-five mortality rate by more than 50%.

For more see the Bank's Open Data blog post.

 

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Julia Ross

Senior Communications Officer

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Patricio V Marquez
September 13, 2012

Thanks Julia for the updated data and assessment. The significant decline in infant and under 5 mortality in sub-Saharan Africa is a major development milestone.