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United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: Child Mortality

 Context: The United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME) released a report indicating that in 2022, global child deaths before the age of five dropped below 5 million for the first time.

  

Key Findings:

  • Despite this progress, an estimated 4.9 million children died, highlighting the need for further action to end preventable child deaths.
  • Disparities in survival exist based on factors such as geographical location, socioeconomic status, and living in fragile and conflict-affected settings.
  • Low-income countries and those in fragile situations face higher under-five mortality rates.

The United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME) is a technical group that produces annual estimates of child and adolescent mortality. The UN IGME was formed in 2004 to share data on child mortality, improve methods for child mortality estimation, and report on progress towards child survival goals. The UN IGME includes representatives from UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, and the United Nations Population Division.