6 Reduce child mortality

Where we are?

Sri Lanka has been very successful in reducing child mortality over the last half century. At its current level of 11.3 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, the IMR is lower than that achieved by countries considerably wealthier than Sri Lanka. There have been similar sharp reductions in the under-5 mortality rate and the MDG child mortality targets are well within reach.

However, in spite of the overall reduction, there are regional disparities in mortality rates across the country. Future reductions in infant mortality in Sri Lanka will be driven largely by reductions in neonatal mortality, which is considerably more difficult and expensive to attain.

0.59 years
until 2015

1990 2015
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