6 Reduce child mortality

Where we are?

The 2008 MDG Report states that infant mortality declined between 1990-2007 from 27.0 deaths per 1000 live births in 1990 to 17.6 deaths per live births by 2007. The mortality rate for children under 5 declined from 43.0 deaths per 1000 live in 1990, to 20.1 deaths per 1000 live births in 2007. Despite these encouraging trends, challenges still remain, including:

  • reducing the number of deaths from childhood diseases (particularly among newborns); providing safe drinking water and other sanitation facilities;
  • improving healthcare services in remote areas, and raising the efficiency of assistant medics;
  • raising awareness on improving mother´s nutritional status;
  • establishing national integrated management of childhood diseases; and
  • reducing birth complications as a result of endogamy (caused by close inter-familial marriage).

UNDP´s Work in Libya

In light of the most-recent political change in Libya and the subsequent national (re)prioritizing by the newly elected Government of Libya, as well as the mentioned validity concerns of previous MDG data and indicators, UNDP is reviewing and re-aligning its MDG-related programming. As a result, revised targets will be published in this section of the website.

Targets for MDG4
  1. Reduce, between 1990 and 2015, by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five
    • Under-five mortality rate
    • Infant mortality rate
    • Proportion of 1 year-old children immunised against measles