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

0.61 years
until 2015

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