African Countries with the highest mortality rates

In an article published at the end of last year, the World Health Organization, noted that substantial global progress had been made in reducing child deaths since 1990. The total number of under-5 deaths worldwide has declined from 12.6 million in 1990 to 5.6 million in 2016.

This translated to 15 000 every day compared with 35 000 in 1990. Since 1990, the global under-5 mortality rate has dropped 56%, from 93 deaths per 1 000 live births in 1990 to 41 in 2016. It however noted that despite this accelerated progress in reducing the under-5 mortality rate, disparities exist in under-5 mortality across regions and countries. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the highest under-5 mortality rate in the world, with 1 child in 13 dying before his or her fifth birthday.

These are the top five African countries with the highest mortality rates.