Child and adolescent health

Most children and adolescents in the WHO European Region enjoy a high standard 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 for children under 5 years is 25 times higher than that in countries with the lowest rate. Every year more than 160 000 children in the European Region die before the age of five, 50% of them in the first month of life.

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Launch of international Health Behaviour in School-aged Children report in Moscow, Russian Federation

On 14 December 2016, the launch of the latest international Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) report in Russian – “Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people’s health and well-being” – took place in Moscow, Russian Federation.

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Over 160 000 children in the European Region die before the age of five every year, 50% of them in the first month of life.

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