Zambian Maternal and Child Mortality Drops Significantly

6/26/2015
Lusaka Times

Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Permanent Secretary Prof. Elwyn Chomba says maternal and child mortality have dropped significantly over the last couple of years.

Professor Chomba says infant mortality declined from 107 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1992 to 45 deaths per live births 1,000 in 2013/2014 while the maternal mortality from the 2013/2014 Zambia Demographic Health System (ZDHS) is 323-474 deaths per 100,000 live births compared to 729 and 649 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1996 and 2001.

The Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Permanent Secretary is in Washington DC attending the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research meeting.

Professor Chomba says the research done in Ndola, Lusaka, Kafue and Chongwe has shown reduced child mortality and associated this to the increased training of birth attendants in ensuring that they make baby’s breathe soon after birth.

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