Children Dying

In 2015, more than 16,000 children under age five died every day. Almost all of these children's lives could be saved if they had access to simple and affordable interventions such as exclusive breastfeeding, inexpensive vaccines and medication, clean water and sanitation. Children are at a greater risk of dying before age five if they are born in poor households, rural areas, or to mothers denied basic education.

Causes of Children Deaths

The majority of all neonatal deaths (75%) occurs during the first week of life, and about 1 million newborns die within the first 24 hours. Preterm birth, intrapartum-related complications (birth asphyxia or lack of breathing at birth), infections and birth defects cause most neonatal deaths in 2016. From the end of the neonatal period and through the first 5 years of life, the main causes of death are pneumonia, diarrhoea, birth defects and malaria. Malnutrition is the underlying contributing factor, making children more vulnerable to severe diseases.


Million Children

An estimated 6.3 million children under the age of 15 years died in 2017. 5.4 million of them were under the age of 5 and 2.5 million of those children died within the first month of life. This translates into 15 000 under-five deaths per day.

Children in the U.S.

On average, 12,175 children 0 to 19 years of age died each year in the United States from an unintentional injury. [Source: CDC]

Million Children

Globally 2.5 million children died in the first month of life in 2017 —approximately 7 000 newborn deaths every day with about 1 million dying on the first day and close to 1 million dying within the next 6 days. [Source: WHO]

Million Children in the U.S.

Under the age of 18 are in deep poverty, making up about one-third of the deep poverty population.

Million People

Die due to air pollution caused by cooking fuels [World Health Organization (WHO)]