About the Authors

Leontine Alkema


Affiliation Department of Statistics and Applied Probability and Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Danzhen You

Affiliation United Nations Children's Fund, New York, New York, United States of America

Competing Interests

LA is a member of the technical advisory group of the UN IGME. DY is working at the United Nations Children's Fund which is a lead member of the UN IGME. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations Children's Fund.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: LA DY. Performed the experiments: LA DY. Analyzed the data: LA DY. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: LA DY. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: LA DY. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: LA DY. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: LA DY. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: LA DY. Carried out the decomposition of the U5MR estimates: LA. Carried out the decomposition of the death estimates: DY.