6 Reduce child mortality

Where we are?

Overall progress on Pakistan’s MDGs

Pakistan has adopted 16 targets and 41 indicators against which progress towards achieving the Eight Goals of the MDG’s is measured. Time series data available for 33 of these indicators reveal that Pakistan is on track to achieve the targets on 9 indicators, whereas its progress on 24 indicators is off track.


In MDG 4, Pakistan has also achieved its target for the proportion of children under five who suffered from diarrhea in the last month and received ORT, and is on track to meet its target for the Lady Health Workers’ coverage of target population in 2015.

Progress on MDG 4, in all but 1 target, is also off-track. Currently, Pakistan stands among the worst performers in child and infant mortality. The number of deaths of children under 1 year of age per 1000 live births is 69 against the target of 40. The child mortality rate has only marginally decreased, from 117 per thousand live births in 1990-91 to 94 per thousand in 2006-07. The incidence of child mortality in Pakistan is indicative of not only the medical and healthcare facilities available for the mother and child but also the sanitation situation in the country.

UNDP's work in Pakistan

  • Cash for work schemes helped the local communities in repairing irrigation canals and water courses that were adversely affected by the floods. Photo: UNDP Pakistan

    Local communities improve livelihoods by repairing water channels

    The coastal area of district Badin in Sindh province was covered with mud during the floods in 2010. This affected land productivity as well as livelihoodsmore

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