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Under-five mortality rate

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Indicator available

Number of deaths of children under 5 years per 1,000 live births

Indicator description

The average number of expected deaths before the age of 5 per 1,000 live births for a specific year.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Rate per 1,000 live births

Definitions

Under-five mortality is the probability of a child born in a specific year or period dying before reaching the age of 5 years, if subject to age specific mortality rates of that period, expressed per 1000 live births.

Available disaggregations
Calculations

The probability of a child born in a specific year dying prior to the age of 5 years is calculated by first calculating the number of deaths of children below 5 years of age for a specific year and then dividing this value by the number of live births for the same year. Both the numbers of deaths of children below 5 years of age, in this case involving the addition of Infant deaths (under 1 year of age) and deaths amongst children aged 1-4, and live births for a specific year can be drawn from the yearly Childhood Mortality statistics, dating back to 2008.

Other information

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

3.2.1 Under-five mortality rate

Target name

3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEFF)

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Source 1

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2008

Geographical coverage

UK

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Release date

14/03/2018

Next release

01/03/2019

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

vsob@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Other information

Source metadata

Source 2

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1999

Geographical coverage

UK

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Release date

31/08/2009

Next release

Discontinued

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

vsob@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Other information