AFRICAN FACTS

  • 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

Infant Deaths

Neonate Deaths

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