- Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 15 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than children in high income countries
- The highest rates of child mortality are still in Sub-Saharan Africa where 1 in 9 children die before their fifth birthday
- Inequities in child mortalitybetween high-income and low-income countries remain large
- Sepsis/Pneumonia, Asphyxia and Pre-term births account for over 50% of newborn deaths in Africa
See below Child Mortality Estimates as generated by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME) in 2017.
Notes: * Lower and Upper refer to the lower bound and upper bound of 90% uncertainty intervals
Under 5 Mortality Rate: Probability of dying between birth and exactly 5 years of age, expressed per 1,000 live births.
Infant Mortality Rate: Probability of dying between birth and exactly 1 year of age, expressed per 1,000 live births
Neonatal Mortality Rate: Probability of dying in the first 28 days of life, expressed per 1,000 live births.
Under 5 Deaths