The infant mortality rate for Newham in 2010 was 5.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. This compares with a rate of 4.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in England for the same period. The higher rates in Newham reflect the higher level of deprivation - Newham ranked third out of 326 local authorities on the Index of Multiple Deprivation in 2010.
While infant mortality rates have declined across England over the last 10 years and are now at a historic low level, inequalities remain. Rates in Newham are broadly following this trend—having fallen by 19% between 2000 and 2010, compared with a 25% drop in infant mortality rates across England over the same period.