According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 15000 children who are under five years of age die every day world wide.  This translated to about 5.6 million such deaths in 2016. Of this figure 46 percent are under 28 days of age. The WHO appreciates that a lot of improvement has occurred between year 2000 with 9.9 milllion deaths and year 2016 with 5.6 million deaths but then the percentage of deaths within the first 28 days of life (newborn) increased from 41 to 46.

Most of the newborn deaths occurred in South Asia (39%) and Sub-saharan Africa (38%); five countries accounted for much of the new born deaths:- India (24 %), Pakistan (10%), Nigeria (9%), D.R. congo (4%)  and Ethiopia (3%).
WHO believes that the current trend, about 60 million children under 5 years of ge will die between 2017 and 2030 with about half of this figure under 28 days old (newborn deaths).
Furthermore, the WHO says that 1 out of every 33 children die within 28 days of life in Sub-saharan African compared to 1 in 333 in developed countries

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