Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Causes of death among children

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Causes of death among children under 5 years, globally, 2016

Causes of death among children under 5 years, globally, 2016

Total under-5 deaths 5,649,439. Neonatal deaths were 46% of under-5 deaths in 2016.

Source: WHO-MCEE methods and data sources for child cause of death 2000- 2016.
Global Health Estimates Technical Paper WHO/HMM/IER/GHE/2018.1

Under-5 mortality: Success but significant unfinished agenda

Global under 5 mortality chart.
WHO

There has been a 56% reduction in the under-5 mortality rate from 1990-2016 and a 49% reduction in the neonatal mortality rate.

52 countries (mostly in SSA) need to accelerate progress to meet SDG targets by 2030. 13 countries in AFR will not reach targets until after 2050.

Source: United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME), Levels & Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2017

Cause specific proportional mortality in countries by level of under-5 mortality, 2016

Thumbnail of cause specific proportional mortality, children under 5.