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'Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me'

Matthew 18:5

Reduce child mortality

The Challenge...

Achieve universal primary education

Reduce child mortality

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

Since 1990, the child mortality rate has dropped by 41 per cent; 14,000 fewer children are dying each day. This is very positive but still, 6.9 million children under age five died in 2011—mostly from preventable diseases. 

In sub-Saharan Africa, one in nine children die before age five, more than 16 times the average for developed regions. This statistic shows how the global figures can mask regional or ethnic issues. 

As under-five mortality rates fall in richer developing regions, the majority of child deaths are occurring in the poorest nations — sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. In 2011, these two regions accounted for 5.7 million of the 6.9 million deaths in children under five worldwide. This represents 83 per cent of the global total in 2011, up from 69 per cent in 1990.

How we can help...

We need to strongly advocate for the rights and protection of children, in the womb and in the early years of life.

Many Christian agencies have a special focus on children e.g. CompassionWorld Vision and the Viva Network exists to make that work as effective as possible by promoting best practice among children’s agencies.

More information...

Read the World Bank Report 2012.