A Global Challenge: Infant Mortality
Be Part of the Solution
Now that you know a little bit about the issues surrounding infant mortality, we are asking you to be part of the solution.
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- 3.7 million "neonatal" deaths-those during an infant's first 28 days after birth-and 3.3 million stillbirths occur each year.
- 98 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries.
- Nearly 75 percent of neonatal deaths occur within the first seven days after birth.
Infant mortality, the death of an infant within the first month of birth, is still very common globally. The majority of infant deaths are attributed to infections, low birth weight, and insufficient respiration at birth.
Basic medical interventions in the developing world could drastically reduce infant mortality. Doing so would boost future populations because a healthy baby is the start to a healthy society. We need leaders willing to address this issue. Are you in?
A public health education at Saint Louis University is a good place to start.
What we are doing
SLU faculty members recently traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help assist the local health care efforts. These faculty members also assisted in the patient care of infants in the region.
What our experts say
"Infant mortality is a pressing problem globally and in the U.S. Twenty-six developed nations have better infant mortality rates than ours and this is a public health problem, not a medical problem. At each birth-weight specific level (for example, looking only at 3 pound babies), our infant survival rates rival any country in the world.
That is, our medical care for small babies is excellent, but we have way too many babies being born at each of the high-risk birth weights so our total infant mortality rate is high. We need to improve health prior to and during pregnancy to reduce the proportion of babies born too small and too early."
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