Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Data, statistics and epidemiology

World : Under-5 mortality rate (probability of dying by age 5) per 1000 live births, 2010

The work of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) in the area of epidemiology focuses on the generation, synthesis, analysis, use and dissemination of evidence at various levels in order to inform the cycle of research, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and to provide key strategic information which can lead to action and positive changes in policies, strategies, health system, and ultimately in maternal and child health status.

Maternal Death Surveillance and Response

Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) is a continuous cycle of identification, notification and review of maternal deaths followed by actions to improve quality of care and prevent future deaths.

WHO and partners have been working with countries to map progress in implementing MDSR. This website shows this progress and includes profiles and case studies to illustrate the steps countries have taken to implement MDSR and innovative approaches to improve this.


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303 000women died due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications in 2015.

Maternal mortality data


5.9 millionchildren under-5 died in 2015

Under-five mortality


45%of under-5 deaths occur in their first 28 days of life

Infant mortality