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 39 in 2017. 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 2017, WHO Africa (49%) and WHO South-East Asia (24%). The highest under-five mortality rate remains in the WHO African Region (74 per 1000 live births), around 8 times higher than that in the WHO European Region (9 per 1000 live births).

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5.4 millionchildren under age five died in 2017

Under-five mortality

Causes of death

1 millionchildren under 5 died due to prematurity in 2016

Causes of under-five mortality

Preventing under-five deaths

Approx. 60%of children under five with symptoms of pneumonia are taken to an appropriate health provider

Care seeking for pneumonia

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