6 Reduce child mortality

Where we are

Children at a kindergarden

Target 5: Reduce, by Two-Thirds between 1990 and 2015, the Under-Five Mortality Rate

Achievement status:
Armenia is ranked as a country with average child mortality rates, which are higher than in the Eastern Europe, but lower than the CIS average. According to official (administrative) statistics, in 2008, the under-five mortality rate was 12.2 per 1,000 live births, down from 23.8 per 1,000 live births recorded in 1990.

During the period from 1990 to 2008, administratively reported infant mortality (which during recent years accounted for nearly 88% of under-five deaths) also decreased from 18.3 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 10.8 per 1,000 live births in 2008.

Although access to immunization in all the regions and in Yerevan is high, compliance (timeliness, validity and completeness of immunization schedule) is low and there is a significant share of infants in Armenia who are at risk of infection by one or more vaccine-preventable diseases.

In spite of the positive achievements recorded during recent years, infant and child mortality rates remain high and the ambitious targets which the Armenian Government envisages to achieve in the medium to long term (which are, in general, in line with the MDGs) will require considerable efforts in implementing a targeted policy to improve the situation further.

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