Child deaths plummet but many countries miss millennium development goal

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 09 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4850
  1. Jocalyn Clark
  1. 1Dhaka

Worldwide mortality among children aged under 5 years fell by 53% over the past 25 years, resulting in 3.8 million averted deaths, says a new analysis. But most countries have missed the United Nations’ millennium development goal to reduce deaths by two thirds.

The United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation reported that overall the death rate among children under 5 has fallen from 91 deaths per 1000 live births in 1990 to 43 per 1000 in 2015.1 The absolute number of deaths of under 5s worldwide dropped from 12.7 million to 5.9 million. But only 62 of 195 countries have met the target to reduce under 5 mortality by two thirds over these 25 years. In total, an estimated 236.3 million children under age 5 died between 1990 …

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