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The world has made considerable progress is reducing child mortality since 1990. The under-five mortality rate has declined by 56 per cent since 1990, and the number of under-five deaths dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to 5.6 million in 2016.
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If all countries had an under-five mortality rate at or below the average rate of high-income countries, almost 5 million deaths (87 per cent of all under-five deaths) could have been averted in 2016.
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The remarkable progress in improving child survival since 2000 has saved the lives of 50 million children under age 5.
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Globally, the neonatal mortality rate fell by 49 per cent from 37 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 19 in 2016, but that decline was slower than the decline in mortality among children aged 1-59 months.
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In 2016, 2.6 million children died in the first month of life - about 7,000 every day - accounting for 46 per cent of all under-five deaths, increasing from 41 per cent in 2000.
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More than 50 countries need to accelerate progress to meet the SDG target on under-five mortality, while more than 60 countries need acceleration to achieve the SDG target on neonatal mortality.
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The majority of the regions in the world and about 70 per cent of all countries at least halved their under-five mortality rate from 1990 to 2016.
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The risk of dying among children aged 5-14 is substantially lower than among younger children. Still, 1 million children died in this age group in 2016.
CME Info is a web portal containing all available data and the latest child mortality estimates for each country based on the research of the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.

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New Updates: Latest Release

19 October 2017

The UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation released the latest estimates on child mortality.

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An overview on the methodology used to generate the estimates is available in this year's UN IGME report and in the Explanatory notes.

A more detailed explanation of the B3 model used in developing the UN IGME child mortality estimates is available here.

For more information on the child mortality estimation methods, refer to the PLOS Medicine Collection on Child Mortality Estimation Methods.

Also available for download:
Estimates of under-five, infant, and neonatal mortality: Estimates
Estimates of mortality among children aged 5-14: Estimates
Sex-specific estimates of under-five, child and infant mortality rate: Estimates
Country-specific methodological notes: Summary
Underlying data for children under 5: Under-five mortality rate, infant mortality rate and neonatal mortality rate
Underlying data for children aged 5-14: Probability of dying among children aged 5-14
Global and regional estimates for children under 5: SDG region and UNICEF region
Global and regional estimates for children aged 5-14: SDG region and UNICEF region

Last update - 19 October 2017