by Danzhen You, Jin Rou New and Tessa Wardlaw
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on behalf of the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME), September 2012
Rates of child mortality have fallen in all regions of the world in the last two decades – down by at least 50 per cent in Eastern Asia, Northern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South-eastern Asia and Western Asia. The UN-IGME report calls for systematic action to reduce neonatal mortality as the proportion of under-five deaths during the neonatal period is rising in every region and almost all countries. Highly cost-effective interventions are feasible even at the community level.