World Cup Scorecard, 1990–2014

Child Mortality:
What’s the Score?

Key

Brazil began this year’s World Cup as favorites to win it for a record sixth
time. What most people don’t know is that of all the teams to qualify for the
tournament, Brazil is also winning the battle to save children’s lives.

COUNTRY

Portugal

1

77

Mexico

76

Bosnia and
Herzgovina

5

MEXICO

65

Italia 1990
46/1000
Brazil 2014
16/1000

64

Italia 1990
18/1000
Brazil 2014
7/1000

3

Uruguay

Italia 1990
56/1000
Brazil 2014
18/1000

6

69

Croatia

Italia 1990
23/1000
Brazil 2014
7/1000

6

Greece

Global reduction in child mortality
1970–2012 (per one thousand live births)

64

Honduras

Italia 1990
13/1000
Brazil 2014
5/1000

9

Italy

120

90

61

Russia

Italia 1990
10/1000
Brazil 2014
4/1000

9

Algeria

13

61

59

Italia 1990
10/1000
Brazil 2014
4/1000

17

Italia 1990
9/1000
Brazil 2014
4/1000

21

50

Australia

Italia 1990
28/1000
Brazil 2014
14/1000

25

29

41

%

12
20

Italia 1990
128/1000
Brazil 2014
72/1000

30

37

*Brazil 2014 numbers are based on 2012 estimates, which are from Unicef’s State of the World’s Children 2014

Italia 1990
8/1000
Brazil 2014
4/1000

22

Switzerland

Italia 1990
8/1000
Brazil 2014
4/1000

27

Nigeria

28

42

%

Italia 1990
213/1000
Brazil 2014
124/1000

31

Côte d’Ivoire

32

CÔTE D’IVOIRE

%

**United Kingdom Data

48
NIGERIA

44
30

22

%

CAMEROON

Italia 1990
135/1000
Brazil 2014
95/1000

51

SWITZERLAND

48

Cameroon

20

%

%

%

Italia 1990
11/1000
Brazil 2014
7/1000

Netherlands

GHANA

46

54

NETHERLANDS

52

Ghana

USA

COSTA RICA

Italia 1990
17/1000
Brazil 2014
10/1000

Italia 1990
9/1000
Brazil 2014
5/1000

26

United States

17

%

%

Italia 1990
7/1000
Brazil 2014
4/1000

Italia 1990
9/1000
Brazil 2014
4/1000

England**

SOUTH KOREA

47

58

%

ENGLAND

48

Korea Republic

%

Costa Rica

22

%

AUSTRALIA

Italia 1990
9/1000
Brazil 2014
5/1000

Italia 1990
6/1000
Brazil 2014
3/1000

16

FRANCE

%

ARGENTINA

%

france

JAPAN

52

Argentina

14

Japan

%

COLOMBIA

Italia 1990
35/1000
Brazil 2014
18/1000

17

GERMANY

52

Italia 1990
50/1000
Brazil 2014
20/1000

%

Italia 1990
56/1000
Brazil 2014
23/1000

60

%

ECUADOR

58

Germany

%

Colombia

ECuador

%

CHILE

Italia 1990
19/1000
Brazil 2014
9/1000

14

BELGIUM

%

Chile

10

Belgium

SPAIN

Italia 1990
11/1000
Brazil 2014
5/1000

20

05
20

00
20

95
19

90
19

85
19

80
19

75
19

70
19

spain

12

ALGERIA

%

Italia 1990
26/1000
Brazil 2014
10/1000

61

%

RUSSIA

60

9

ITALY

%

Italia 1990
59/1000
Brazil 2014
23/1000

62

%

HONDURAS

150

8

GREECE

%

Italia 1990
13/1000
Brazil 2014
5/1000

69

%

CROATIA

%

3

URUGUAY

%

BOSNIA &
HERZOGOVINA

%

Percentage decline in child mortality
since 1990

IRAN

%

Italia 1990
15/1000
Brazil 2014
4/1000

Ranking: Each country is ranked by its
total percentage reduction in child mortality between the Italian World Cup in 1990
and the Brazilian World Cup in 2014

Under-5 mortality rate per 1,000 live
births, Italy 1990 and Brazil 2014*

Iran

PORTUGAL

%

Italia 1990
62/1000
Brazil 2014
14/1000

Italia 1990
00/1000
Brazil 2014
00/1000

2

BRAZIL

00

%

Since 1990, when the World Cup was hosted by Italy, Brazil has reduced child
mortality by 77 percent. See how the other 31 countries in the tournament
match up below.

Brazil

#

29

%

Italia 1990
152/1000
Brazil 2014
108/1000

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