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Fighting Infant Mortality: The Numbers

Barakat Bundle strives to provide support for mothers and their babies, and to reduce preventable infant and maternal mortality. As we continue to improve our product, recent data provides abundant evidence of the importance of Barakat Bundle’s mission.

According to the World Health Organization, 5.9 million children under the age of 5 died in 2015. The majority of early child deaths can be prevented or treated with access to simple, low-cost interventions – that is, solutions that exist in the developed world. 1.3 million children under 5 died in India alone in 2013. Across the world, 2.7 million babies die every year in their first month of life, and another 2 million are stillborn. 99% of these deaths take place in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

UNICEF launched a mission in the 1990s to reduce child mortality by two thirds. The organization cited immunization, clean water, sanitation, and quality family care practices as ways to achieve their goal, and also highlighted the importance of neonatal and maternal care.

In low-resource, poverty ridden areas, the future of the younger generation relies on healthy babies. The fact is that simple solutions, such as oral rehydration salts, blankets, vitamins and diapers, which mothers in developed areas rely on daily, are missing in millions of baby homes across the world. Bundling these interventions into a package for new moms, similar to the internationally renowned Finnish Baby Box, can be an effective way to reduce preventable mortality and improve maternal and child health in South Asia.

As dark a topic as infant mortality is, there is hope. Several organizations, including UNICEF and World Bank share the same goal as Barakat Bundle – to better the lives of families in developing countries and lessen infant and maternal mortality. The number of neonatal deaths decreased from 5.1 million per year in 1990 to 2.7 million in 2015. It may take millions of Barakat Bundles, but we are determined to continue in our mission over the coming years.

Sources:

http://www.unicef.org/mdg/childmortality.html

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs178/en/

http://www.globalhealthnow.org/news/delivering-for-mothers-and-newborns-ending-preventable-maternal-and-newborn-deaths

https://www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/global-health/maternal-and-child-health

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3664115/New-mothers-given-Finnish-style-baby-boxes-time-reduce-cot-deaths.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/31/asia/india-child-deaths/

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