Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Millennium Development Goal 4

Reduce child mortality

Group of children

Target 4.A: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate.

The Department's main goal in the area of newborn and child health is to contribute to efforts to achieve MDG4. It does so by addressing, through research and the development and introduction of tools, the major causes of child morbidity and mortality, and the promotion of optimal child health and development.

The department works to quantify the burden of disease in childhood; generate evidence on effective interventions and delivery strategies; develop guidelines and tools for implementation; facilitate early application of new tools and contribute to programme development; and compile lessons learned from implementation and inform better programming.