What is the child mortality rate

Together in the fight against child mortality in Africa and the world

What measures will help reduce child mortality?

General measures to reduce child mortality

The development of the child mortality rate shows: The measures taken so far are helping. The protection of children begins before they are even born. Because only healthy women can give birth to a healthy child.

The following measures help to reduce child mortality:

  • Improvement of the local health systems and thus better medical care, for example through access to medication
  • Improvement of the hygienic conditions. This also includes access to clean drinking water
  • preventive measures such as vaccinations
  • medical staff who care for and care for mothers and newborns
  • Hygiene and nutrition training

Obstetrics to reduce maternal and child mortality

In many developing countries, women give birth to their children without qualified supervision - and this results in high maternal and child mortality rates. There are no preventive and follow-up examinations and in an emergency, the way to the hospital is often too far. In the case of sick newborns or premature babies, there is usually a lack of vital medical care. Qualified obstetrics can reduce maternal and child mortality. This includes the monitoring of pregnancies, the preparation, implementation and follow-up treatment of births. Help with breastfeeding and training in hygiene and nutrition can also save lives!

We have been providing this help for some time in our Serabu project in Sierra Leone: We support expectant mothers from the start and thus protect their children.

Ending preventable newborn and child deaths as a United Nations development goal

Infant mortality is expected to drop to 12 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2030, the child mortality rate of 25 deaths per 1,000 live births: The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) deal with social, economic and ecological sustainable development. SDG objective 3.2 includes the End preventable deaths in newborns and children under five by 2030 and is thus directly related to the goal of reducing the global maternal mortality rate to 70 per 100,000 deaths.