CHAMPS collects and shares timely data from a network of field sites in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, providing unprecedented understanding of how, where and why children are getting sick.


Every year, approximately 5.9 million children under the age of five die, mostly from preventable illnesses that include diarrhea, malaria, measles and pneumonia.

The developing world bears a disproportionate burden of global child mortality. Currently, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa account for 82 percent of under-five child deaths. Children in Sub-Saharan Africa are 15 times more likely to die before the age of five than children in developed countries.

Two-thirds of these child deaths are the result of infectious causes. However, research to date has been limited, and the exact causes are not often clearly understood.

The new Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) program, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to increase understanding of how, where and why children are getting sick, enabling scientists and public health leaders around the world to take action.

CHAMPS is a long-term program (approximately 20 years) that will ultimately take place across up to 20 sites with high childhood mortality rates throughout South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. During the first three years, the program will begin in six sites.

     CHAMPS Fact Sheet 

Child Health and Mortality Prevention

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