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Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality

  • Target 4.A: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate
  • Motality rate under-5 (per 1,000)
Mortality Rate, under-5 (per 1,000)

Mortality rates have been falling everywhere. In developing countries the mortality rate fell from an average of 98 per 1,000 in 1990 to 63 in 2010. But rates remain much higher, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of South Asia. In Sub-Saharan Africa, one child in 8 dies before the fifth birthday. The odds are somewhat better in South Asia, where one child in 15 dies. But even in these regions there are countries exhibiting rapid progress.

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