6 Reduce child mortality

Tracking Progress

The under-five mortality rate in South Sudan decreased from 250 (per 1000 live births) in 2001 to 135 in 2006. Under the South Sudan Development Plan, the target is to reduce this rate by as much as 20 percent in rural areas.

This priority will build on South Sudan’s success to date in cutting the transmission of deadly diseases and expanding vaccination coverage. UNDP is providing support to health systems, including improvement of facilities, staff capacity and monitoring and evaluation systems.

Facts & Figures

Where do we stand globally?

Child deaths are falling, but not quickly enough. Between 1990 and 2008, the death rate for children under five has decreased by 28 per cent, from 100 to 72 deaths per 1,000 live births. That means that, worldwide, 10,000 fewer under-fives die each day. More

Targets for MDG4
  1. Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five
    • Under-five mortality rate
    • Infant mortality rate
    • Proportion of 1 year-old children immunised against measles