On the statistical side, the quality of demographic data, particularly on mortality and fertility, is plagued by a great uncertainty. Time series are also usually incomplete.
FERDI benefits from a huge work of reconstruction of annual data series covering the period 1950 until now, for under-5 mortality rate and fertility in Sub-Saharan countries by Michel Garenne, research director at IRD. These series are based on DHS survey and are undoubtedly the most reliable that we can have nowadays. The data are updated regularly and they cover more than 30 African countries from 1950 until the present day.
Version : 2015-05-01