Inequalities in Pre-Natal Healthcare

Inequalities in Pre-Natal Healthcare

Claire Peterson, Spring 2011


Over 3.5 million infants die each year, almost exclusively in the developing world[2]. Many initiatives to increase children’s health have been funded, especially in the wake of Millennium Development Goal #4, which calls for the mortality of children under 5 between 1990 and 2015 to be reduced by two-thirds. However, even the UN admits most countries are nowhere close to achieving this goal. Initiatives that have been funded to eradicate children’s death have only funded the treatment of diseases that occur after the first month of life, like pneumonia and diarrhea, which account for 22% of children’s mortality. So how will we ever reach Goal #4 when 41% of children’s deaths are being ignored?

Link to full article: Inequalities in Pre-Natal Healthcare

Claire is studying Anatomy and Cell Biology and International Development Studies, working towards her Bachelor of Science. Her research interests include maternal and children’s health care with a particular focus on providing inexpensive and effective neonatal survival tools.

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