Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Target: Reduce by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate
In 2007, 9.2 million children died before age five. Africa and Asia together accounted for 92 per cent of these deaths.
Half of the world’s under-five deaths occurred in Africa, which remains the most difficult place in the world for a child to survive until age five.
Although Asia has seen a remarkable reduction in the annual number of child deaths since 1970, it still accounted for 41 per cent of global under-five deaths in 2007.
Source: UNICEF global databases