6 Reduce child mortality

Where do we stand?

Despite substantial progress, the world is still falling short of the MDG child mortality target.

Preventable diseases are the main causes of under-five deaths and appropriate actions need to be taken to address them.

Under- five mortality rate, 1990 and 2012 (Deaths per 1,000 live births).

Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014.

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  • The child mortality rate has almost halved since 1990; six million fewer children died in 2012 than in 1990.
  • During the period from 2005 to 2012, the annual rate of reduction in under-five mortality was more than three times faster than between 1990 and 1995.
  • Globally, four out of every five deaths of children under age five continue to occur in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia.
  • Immunization against measles helped prevent nearly 14 million deaths between 2000 and 2012.

Read more in The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

UNDP’s work around the globe


Indian hospital chain to fight maternal mortality

08 Apr 2010

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Baby born amid Pakistan floods is named after UNDP supported programme

07 Oct 2010

Islamabad – Grateful parents of a month-old boy in Pakistan have named their son Raha, the initials of a United Nations-supported programme to assist those seeking asylum and those who offer shelter to refugees in the country. Emergency facilities, operated by the Refugee Affected and Hostmore


With three MDG targets achieved, global partnership for development is key to 2015 success

02 Jul 2012

Current economic crisis must not be allowed to reverse progress in reducing poverty New York: Three important targets on poverty, slums and water have been met three years ahead of 2015, says this year’s Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), launched today by UN Secretary-General Ban Kimore

UN Secretary-General appoints high-level panel on post-2015 development agenda

31 Jul 2012

Civil society, Private sector and Government leaders named to 26-member advisory Panel United Nations, New York – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the members of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium more

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1990 2015
Targets for MDG4
  1. Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five
    • Under-five mortality rate
    • Infant mortality rate
    • Proportion of 1 year-old children immunised against measles