Neonatal Mortality

SDG target: End preventable deaths of newborns and children under age five, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births.

The number of children under five who die has declined steadily. The number of newborns (0–28 days old) who die has also declined, but more slowly. As a percentage of overall child mortality, therefore, newborn mortality is rising. Almost half of all child deaths now occur in the first 28 days of life. Future progress on child survival requires a renewed focus on newborn health. In addition to delivering a proven package of basic interventions, it is especially critical for low- and middle-income countries to make sure specialized care for small and sick babies is available in facilities where mothers give birth.

neonatal mortality graph

Below is the global progress on this indicator since 1990. Explore progress for specific countries using the drop-down menu below the chart.