The shameful link between poverty and infant death

The shameful link between poverty and infant death

Currently, 6.6 million babies are born each year only to die before they reach a month old. The first 48 hours  - labour and the first day of life  - are the most dangerous. If simple conditions and infections are recognised and treated at this time, lives need not be lost. Sadly, in developing countries a lack of maternal healthcare workers with appropriate training means babies die far too often.

This International Day of the Midwife, discover the shocking facts about the odds stacked against the smallest and most vulnerable in less privileged parts of the world - and find out what you can do about it.
 

Infographic - link between poverty and infant neonatal mortality | International Day of the Midwife | VSO

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