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

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0.7 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