6 Reduce child mortality

Where are we?

Nurses at "Mother Theresa" Hospital in Tirana

 Success factors, challenges and policy responses

The overall success in achieving health-related MDGs is somewhat mixed. The success in reducing maternal mortality rates has been due to a strong health policy framework, expanded services and higher overall budgets, while the reduction in child mortality rates—although off target—are a function in large part of the attendance of skilled personnel at a high proportion of births, and most of these in hospital. These are significant achievements and continued focus, investments and training will likely result in future significant reductions in both infant and maternal mortality rates. Also, as noted, high immunization rates are another key factor in reducing both infant and child mortality.

Targets for MDG4
  1. Reduce 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