Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Child health

Trends in child mortality: The global under-five mortality rate declined by 56% from 93 deaths per 1000 live births in 1990 to 41 in 2016. All WHO regions have halved their under-five mortality rates in the same time period. The burden of under-five deaths remains unevenly distributed. About 73% of under-five deaths occurred in two regions in 2016, WHO Africa (48%) and WHO South-East Asia (25%). The highest under-five mortality rate remains in the WHO African Region (76.5 per 1000 live births), almost 8 times higher than that in the WHO European Region (9.6 per 1000 live births).

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5.6 millionchildren under age five died in 2016,
nearly 15 000 every day

Under-five mortality

Causes of death

46%of deaths in children under age five in 2016 occurred in the neonatal period

Causes of under-five mortality

Preventing under-five deaths

58%of children with suspected pneumonia are taken for treatment to an appropriate care provider

Care seeking for pneumonia

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