The UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) was formed in 2004 to share data on child mortality, harmonize estimates within the UN system, improve methods for child mortality estimation, report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and enhance country capacity to produce timely and properly assessed estimates of child mortality. The IGME, led by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), also includes the World Bank and the United Nations Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs as full members.
The IGME's independent Technical Advisory Group (TAG), comprising leading academic scholars and independent experts in demography and biostatistics, provides guidance on estimation methods, technical issues and strategies for data analysis and data quality assessment.
The IGME updates its child mortality estimates annually after reviewing newly available data and assessing data quality.
The Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) is constituted by representatives of UNICEF, WHO, The World Bank and the United Nations Population Division. The child mortality estimates presented in this database have been reviewed by IGME members. As new information becomes available, estimates in the database will be updated more frequently than those appearing in official publications and reports produced by IGME members. Differences between the estimates presented in the database and those in particular publications may also arise because of differences in reporting periods or in the availability of data during the production process of each publication and other evidence.
Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Reports
Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2012
Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2012 Annex - Technical Notes
Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2011 Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2010
PLoS Medicine Collection: Child Mortality Estimation Methods
(Also available on http://www.ploscollections.org/childmortalityestimation.)
Child Mortality Estimation: Accelerated Progress in Reducing Global Child Mortality, 1990-2010
Kenneth Hill, Danzhen You, Mie Inoue, Mikkel Z. Oestergaard, Technical Advisory Group of the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation
Child Mortality Estimation: Methods Used to Adjust for Bias due to AIDS in Estimating Trends in Under-Five Mortality
Neff Walker, Kenneth Hill, Fengmin Zhao
Child Mortality Estimation: A Global Overview of Infant and Child Mortality Age Patterns in Light of New Empirical Data
Michel Guillot, Patrick Gerland, Franšais Pelletier, Ameed Saabneh
Levels and Trends of Child Mortality in 2006: Estimates developed by the Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (Working Paper)
UNICEF, WHO, The World Bank and UN Population Division