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Fact of the week



5: Five countries accounted for almost half of all under-five deaths globally in 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

In 2009 nearly 8.1 million children died before age five worldwide. These deaths were concentrated in two regions: Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for nearly half, and Southern Asia a third.

Under-five mortality is increasingly concentrated: 70 percent of the world’s under-five deaths in 2009 occurred in only 15 countries. About half occurred in five countries: India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan and China. India (21 percent) and Nigeria (10 percent) together account for nearly a third of all under-five deaths worldwide.

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

Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/files/Child_Mortality_Report_2010.pdf, p. 9




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