PUBH-100: Global Issues in Public Health

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Community Health | International Public Health | Maternal and Child Health | Public Health

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Like much of the third world, the countries found in Sub-Saharan Africa have a distressingly high infant mortality rate compared to those recorded in places such as the United States and Europe. While there are many factors that play a role in the increased number of infant deaths in this region, lack of access to adequate healthcare for infants and their families is one of the main overarching causes. Although infant mortality rates remain high, there has been significant improvement in infant survival over the last several years which is largely due to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals that were enacted in 2000. Despite this recent improvement, infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa remains high and will likely stay that way until access to adequate healthcare is provided for everyone in this region.

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