chapter  4
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Millennium Development Goal 4’s Uneven Influence on Global and National PolicyProcesses

Figure 2 shows that just as there is an unequal burden of child death among regions and countries, so too is there an unequal burden within countries. Although there are other factors (e.g. development of civil infrastructures, quality of the healthcare system) that can influence inequalities between people, the inter-relationship between MDG1, MDG2, MDG3 and MDG4 has an effect on who gets left behind: children of mothers with no education are three times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than those with mothers who attended secondary school; the poorest children’s risk of dying is twice that of the richest; likewise, rural children are at twice the risk of dying as compared with urban children.