Despite good progress, Africa still has the greatest burden of child and maternal deaths
In recent years, both Africa’s under-five mortality rate and its maternal mortality rate have declined significantly. Over 1990–2011, the continent reduced its under-five mortality rate 47 per cent. But an inexcusable amount of children and pregnant women still die every year from preventable causes. To fast-track progress, integrated maternal and child health interventions focusing on infant mortality, as well as holistic policies to address the underlying causes of maternal and child deaths, will be important.