Reducing Infant Mortality : An Causes Of Death And Focused On Potential Solutions

769 Words Oct 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Solution When considering how to most effectively decrease infant mortality, our group assessed the leading causes of death and focused on potential solutions that addressed those specific causes. In 2013, 61% of deaths of children under the age of five were due to neonatal care. Neonatal death is associated with events surrounding delivery, pregnancy, and neonatal care following birth. These deaths are closely linked to the place of delivery, care provided at delivery, and quality of in-hospital medical care. The majority of the neonatal deaths were specifically due to birth asphyxia, the medical condition resulting from deprivation of oxygen to a newborn infant that lasts long enough during the birth process to cause physical harm, usually to the brain. The high proportion of birth asphyxia and other neonatal deaths suggest that there is a lack of diagnosis and treatment of newborn infants in rural areas resulting from lack of medical care, either because the health facilities are beyond reach of these mothers or a lack of disposable income and education. Another large cause of death is preterm birth complications, including premature birth and low birth rates, accounting for 14% of deaths in 2013. The solution we are proposing to address the leading causes of death in children under the age of five is a prepackaged pregnancy kit targeted specifically towards women in rural areas of China. The package includes both prevention measures and management tools in order…

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