Social and demographic indicators

In 2010 an estimated 3.8 million children died in Africa before reaching their fifth birthday. About a quarter of the world’s live births occur in Africa, but so too do half of the total number of under-five deaths worldwide. Of the 26 countries worldwide with an under-five mortality rate (U5MR) of above 100 per 1,000 live births, 24 are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Figure 1 depicts the U5MR for Africa, Northern Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa (per 1,000 live births). It also shows the five best and worst performers in the continent for this indicator.

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