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Fact of the week



50: All but three global regions in the developing world have reduced under-five mortality rates by at least 50 percent between 1990 and 2009

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality 

Target 4A: Reduce by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate 

Indicator 4.1: Under-five mortality rate

All regions except Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and Oceania have seen reductions of at least 50 percent in under-five mortality rates. At the regional level in 2009 the highest rates of under-five mortality continue to be in Sub-Saharan Africa, where 1 child in 8 died before age five (129 deaths per 1,000 live births).

Southern Asia has the second highest under-five mortality rate, 69 deaths per 1,000 live births or about 1 child in 14. Oceania is the only other region with an under-five mortality rate over 40 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Source: United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation

Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/files/Child_Mortality_Report_2010.pdf, p. 8



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