Mortality rates are an important marker of the overall health of society. Explore the evidence for mortality in infants, and children aged 1-9 and 10-19 years across the UK.
Neonatal mortality accounts for 70-80% of deaths in the first year of life, largely due to perinatal causes, which can be prevented through healthy behaviours before and during pregnancy.
For children between the ages of one and nine years mortality rates have steadily fallen across the UK over time. The current leading cause of death for children is cancer.
There is a high risk of death among adolescence, with accidents and suicide being two of the highest causes of death for young people aged between 10 and 19.