Reducing child mortality to achieve MDG 4: Overall, substantial progress has been made towards achieving
MDG 4. The number of under-five deaths worldwide has declined from 12.7 (12.5, 12.9) million in 1990 to 6.3 (6.1, 6.7) million in 2013. This translates into 17 000 fewer children dying every day in 2013 than in 1990.
6.3 millionchildren under age five died in 2013,
nearly 17 000 every day
Causes of death
83%of deaths in children under age five are caused by infectious, neonatal or nutritional conditionsCauses of under-five mortality
Preventing under-five deaths
59%of children with suspected pneumonia are taken for treatment to an appropriate care providerCare seeking for pneumonia
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