Children, newborns and mothers have a greater chance of surviving today than they did just two decades ago. Still, diseases like pneumonia, malaria and diarrhoea – along with pregnancy- and birth-related complications – claim the lives of millions of children and mothers every year.
In 2018 alone, 6.2 million children under the age of 15 died – including 5.3 million children under the age of 5. Almost half of these children died in the first month of life. What's more, an estimated 810 women die every day from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth.
Most of these deaths can be avoided. In many parts of the world, underfunded health systems struggle to provide quality essential services to save the lives of children and mothers.
If current trends persist, 56 million children under the age of 5 will die between 2018 and 2030 – half of them newborns. Improving the survival chances of babies, children and their mothers remains an urgent global challenge.