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2In developing regions, children from the poorest 20 per cent of households have more than 2 times the risk of dying before their fifth birthday as do children from the richest 20 per cent of households.
Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Target 4A: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate
Indicator 4.1: Under-five mortality rate
According to data from 66 countries, children from the poorest households are at a disadvantage when it comes to surviving their first five years of life. In the developing regions as a whole, children from the poorest 20 per cent of households have more than twice the risk of dying before their fifth birthday as children in the richest 20 per cent of households.
The greatest disparities are found in Latin America and the Caribbean and in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia (excluding China), where the risk is nearly three times as high.
Note: Analysis is based on 66 developing countries with data on under-five mortality rate by household’s wealth quintile, accounting for 71 per cent of total births in developing regions in 2008.
Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011