Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME)
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.
List of Members: UNICEF, WHO, The World Bank and United Nations Population Division.
Terms of reference: Draft [PDF]
1. Produce and disseminate global, regional and country estimates of levels and trends of mortality in childhood, including age-specific mortality estimates.
2. Enhance the capacity of countries to produce timely and properly assessed estimates of child mortality.
Next IGME Meeting: June 2013
Next TAG meeting: December 2012