Several episodic efforts to estimate global and national mortality from specific diseases exist, as well as more limited efforts to estimate mortality from a comprehensive set of causes.4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,13, 14, 15, 16, 17 The latest assessment from the Maternal and Child Epidemiology Estimation (MCEE) group reports estimates for 15 cause groups of child death for 194 countries for the period 2000–15,18while the Global Health Estimates (GHE) programme through WHO recently