Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Message from Dr Flavia Bustreo on new child survival data

Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General - Family, Women's and Children's Health
14 September 2012

Dear colleagues and partners,

A quick message to welcome the news released yesterday on the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME), on the accelerated rate of reduction of child mortality, with under-five mortality falling to under 7 million (in 2011) from 12 million in 1990.

The news that the decline has been across the world's regions is also welcome. It is a clear sign of how more coordinated efforts are helping ensure that global efforts translate into action in the countries where they are most needed.

But as we all know only too well, we need to do more. For the past ten years, the global child mortality rate has been dropping by just above 3% every year on average: to meet MDG4 we need to accelerate to a more than 10% annual reduction from now to 2015.

At the same time, we have seen encouraging estimates on maternal mortality this year. Again, this highlights the impact of the coordinated partner efforts under the Every Woman Every Child movement and its goal of saving the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015.

WHO looks forward to continue working with the H4+ and all other partners on the implementation the Global Strategy and support to the accountability work, as the host to the Secretariat of the independent Expert Review Group. We also look forward to the upcoming opportunities around the UN General Assembly, where many of you will be, to highlight progress and strengthen commitments towards improved health for women and children.


Dr Flavia Bustreo