Indicator full name: Infant mortality per 1000 live births
Unit: deaths per 1000 births
- Country (COUNTRY)
- Supranational group of countries (COUNTRY_GRP)
- Year of measure (YEAR)
Years data is available: 1970—2015
Last updated: 08 February 2018
- WHO European Region
- Members of the European Union
- Members of the EU before May 2004 (EU15)
- Members of the EU after May 2004 (EU13)
- Commonwealth of Independent States
- Central Asian Republics Information Network members (CARINFONET)
- South-eastern Europe Health Network members (SEEHN)
- Nordic countries
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(8) 3.1.a. Infant mortality per 1000 live births, disaggregated by sex
Infant mortality represents an important component of under-5 mortality. Like under-5 mortality, infant mortality rates measure child survival. They also reflect the social, economic and environmental conditions in which children (and others in society) live, including their health care. Since data on the incidence and prevalence of diseases (morbidity data) are frequently unavailable, mortality rates are often used to identify vulnerable populations. Infant mortality rate is a Millennium Development Goal indicator.
The infant mortality rate is the probability of a child born in a specific year or period dying before reaching the age of 1, if subject to the age-specific mortality rates of that period. The infant mortality rate is strictly speaking not a rate (i.e. the number of deaths divided by the number of population at risk during a certain period of time) but a probability of death derived from a life table and expressed as rate per 1000 live births.
Infant mortality relates to deaths in children less than one year old.