Table of Contents: Child Mortality Estimation Methods


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Millennium Development Goal 4 calls for a reduction of two-thirds in the under-5 mortality rate between 1990 and 2015. Reliable estimates of child mortality are critical to the monitoring of progress toward this important goal. The UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) annually reports on country, regional and global trends in child mortality. In this Collection of five research articles and two reviews the independent Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the UN IGME introduces the group's methodological innovations in estimating child mortality.

The Collection is produced with support from UNICEF and the TAG of the UN IGME. The Collection Editor is Dr. Virginia Barbour, and the Academic Editor is Professor. Peter Byass. The PLOS Medicine editors have sole editorial responsibility for the content of this Collection. The views expressed in this Collection are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank. Its contents have not been formally edited and cleared by the United Nations, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank.

As the UN IGME updates the child mortality estimates on an annual basis for the entire time series, estimates from different rounds of estimation are not comparable. The database and estimates referred to in this Collection are based on the version published in 2011 (referring to the period ending in the year 2010). The most recent estimates can be found on the UN IGME's Child Mortality Estimation website at

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Child Mortality Estimation: Accelerated Progress in Reducing Global Child Mortality, 1990–2010

Kenneth Hill, Danzhen You, Mie Inoue, Mikkel Z. Oestergaard , Technical Advisory Group of the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation

Research Articles

Child Mortality Estimation 2013: An Overview of Updates in Estimation Methods by the United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation

Leontine Alkema, Jin Rou New, Jon Pedersen, Danzhen You , all members of the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation and its Technical Advisory Group