Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014

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This publication presents data for the 58 ESCAP member countries, as well as world, regional, sub-regional and economic aggregates for comparison. It offers current trends and emerging topics in the Asia-Pacific region, grouped around the themes of people, the environment, the economy and connectivity. It provides the international and regional community with key indicators, objective analyses of the current trends and emerging issues, along with data and charts. In order to maximize the comparability, the data is sourced exclusively from international agencies that adhere to the official global statistical standards.



Child health

Infant mortality rates in Asia and the Pacific fell by 52% during the period 1990-2012, from 6.4% in 1990 to 3.1% in 2012. Thus, by 2012, of every 1,000 children born alive, 33 more children were surviving to their first birthday than had been the case in 1990. Over the same period, low-income countries experienced a 56% overall decline in the infant mortality rate, from 9.2% to 4%, ensuring that for every 1,000 children born in 2012, 52 more survived the first year after their birth than had been the case in 1990.


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