• The 8 Millennium Goals •

4. Reduce Child Mortality


  • Reduce by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the mortality rate of children under five


Quick Facts
  • The number of children in developing countries who died before they reached the age of five dropped from 100 to 72 deaths per 1,000 live births between 1990 and 2008.
  • Almost nine million children still die each year before they reach their fifth birthday. 
  • The highest rates of child mortality continue to be found in sub-Saharan Africa, where, in 2008, one in seven children died before their fifth birthday.
  • Of the 67 countries defined as having high child mortality rates, only 10 are currently on track to meet the MDG target.
4. Reduce Child Mortality