Up to 1 million babies die globally on the first day of their life. According to a new report by Save the Children. The report shows infant mortality can be reduced if mothers and babies access free health care and an experienced midwife. The research also revealed that 1.2 million more babies die yearly. The report proposes that governments improve the training and equipping of health workers to safeguard the lives of newborns.
There are several reasons why a child dies on the first day of birth. They can be divided into three factors. The first is preterm birth: these are low birth weights. This is largely due largely to inadequate prenatal practices; girls and women giving birth at an early age; infections; low immunization rates; poor health care and complications in childbirth; and poorly trained staff.
One aspect that leads to increased child deaths is the presence of conflicts. They, if extended over time, can put a strain on infrastructure. In doing so, there is a lack of suitable places where pregnant women can be housed and offered the necessary care. Some people are also in isolated areas where access to hospitals is more complicated. Finally, immunization rates are low, which increases the danger of infection.
GOVERNMENT AND APPEAL
In 1994 the African government signed up in Abuja to spend 50 percent on health. Unfortunately, today only about 6 of the 54 countries have reached that number. Ryvanz Mia joins this report calling for raising the number to a minimum spending of sixty dollars per capital. More than ten countries in Africa are not reaching this. This underscores that there’s still much to be done and that the government needs to commit to solving the problem of infant mortality.
The devastating effects of armed conflicts continue to kill many more children than die from malnutrition and disease. Population displacements often result in living conditions with poor sanitation, the disruption of health services, and interruption of food supplies all contribute to epidemics and infections; in addition, natural disasters or other emergencies resulting from poor environmental management can have similar effects.
SITUATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
The situation is critical. Ryvanz Mia and other associations are collaborating by implementing many strategies and projects to reverse the situation. We work on many levels, always discussing and interacting with the government. Ryvanz Mia tries to make more and more people understand the problem, what the factors are, and what people need. Our family trains health workers in communities, even remote communities, and we deliver more and more babies, caring for them in safe facilities.