Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality



One of the darkest characteristics of poverty is that is seems to prey on the vulnerable and defenceless. In low-income countries, one out of every 10 children dies before the age of five. In wealthier nations, this number is only one out of 143.

What are the Targets?

Goal 4 of the Millennium Development Goals sets out by the year 2015 to:

  • Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five.

Did you know?

In our world today nearly 11 million children under the age of 5 die in the world every year – well over 1,200 every hour most from easly preventable or treatable causes.

(Source:Why do the Millennium Development Goals matter? Brochure)

Reports website and other documents related to Goal 4

State of the World’s Children 2005-Childhood Under Threat – UNICEF portrays the gap between the reality and the ideal of childhood and what must be done to protect the rights of children. To read more click here.


State of World Population 2003—Investing in Adolescents’ Health and Rights – This report by UNFPA examines the challenges and risks faced by youth that impact directly on their physical, emotional and mental well-being, including the prospects of early marriage and childbearing, incomplete education, and the threat of HIV/AIDS. Visit the UNFPA website to read the report.


The Millennium Development Goals They Are About Children – UNICEF highlights the importance of protecting rights of child which is also in accordance with fulfilling MDGs.Read more here.

80 Million Lives—Meeting the MDGs in Child and Maternal Survival 2003 – Vision for human security–foster women’s economic security, human rights, and fight spread of HIV/AIDS. A report by Grow up Free from Poverty Coalition. Read the report here. To learn more visit the Save The Children website.


Inheriting the World–The Atlas of Children’s Health and the Environment 2004 – The book, published by the World Bank, highlights the right of children to live in a healthy and supportive environment that encourages growth and development and protects from disease. Click here to order the book.