Did the Millennium Development Goals Change Trends in Child Mortality?

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There has been little assessment of the role the MDGs have had in progressing international development. There has been a 41 per cent reduction in the under-5 mortality rate worldwide from 1990 to 2011 and an acceleration in the rate of reduction since 2000. This paper explores why this has occurred and results for all developing countries indicate that it is not due to more healthcare or public health interventions but is driven by a coincidental burst of economic growth. Although the MDGs are considered to have played an important part in securing progress against poverty, hunger and disease there is very little evidence to back this viewpoint up. A thorough analysis of the successes and failures of the MDGs is therefore necessary before embarking on a new round of global goals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1312-1325
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Economics
Issue number10
Early online date04 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


  • Millennium Development Goals
  • child mortality


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