Table 2

Trends in infant and child mortality

Infant mortality rateChild mortalityRatio
19701980198719971980199719801997
East Asia and the Pacific7956443728100.500.23
Eastern Europe and Central Asia41292370.24
Latin America and the Caribbean8460493290.18
Middle East and North Africa13495674946140.480.21
South Asia139119977769240.580.25
Sub-Saharan Africa1371151039183610.720.59
  • Source: World Bank, World development indicators and Poverty reduction and the World Bank (1996).

  • Infant mortality rate is the number of infants dying in the first 12 months per 1000 live births.

  • Child mortality is the number of children dying between one and four completed years of age, per 1000 live births.