Mortality at Ages 5 to 19: Levels and Trends, 1990 to 2010

Authors: Kenneth Hill, Linnea Zimmerman, Dean Jamison

Introduction: 

Over the past 15 years, the attention of the international community, as reflected in the Millennium Declaration and its associated Development Goals (UN 2000), has focused largely on the health of children under age 5 years and of adults. The health of older children and adolescents has received little attention, which may be explained by the fact that both infectious and noncommunicable diseases are of relatively low incidence in this age range. Two global estimation exercises (UN 2013); Wang and others 2012) arrived at very different estimates of numbers of deaths in this age range.