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Fact of the week



10: Ten of the countries with the highest under-five mortality rates reduced their rates by at least half 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

Of the 64 countries with high under-five mortality rates (at least 40 deaths per 1,000
live births in 2009), 10 reduced under-five mortality by at least half between 1990 and 2009. Of these, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Madagascar, Bangladesh, Eritrea and Lao People’s Democratic Republic recorded at least a 60 percent drop, or an average annual rate of reduction of at least
5 percent.

In absolute terms, Niger, Liberia, Timor-Leste, Madagascar, Malawi and Ethiopia have achieved the largest reductions (more than 100 deaths per 1,000 live births during the period).

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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