WHO/Europe | Child and adolescent health

Child and adolescent health

Most children and adolescents in the WHO European Region enjoy a high level of health and well-being. However, disparities in child health between and within countries persist. The Region includes countries with the lowest infant and child mortality rates in the world, but mortality in countries with the highest rate among children under 5 is up to 20 times higher than in countries with the lowest rate. Each year, too many children in the Region die before the age of 5 – 52% of them in the first month of life.

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Too many children in the European Region die each year before the age of five, 52% of them in the first month of life.

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