DID YOU KNOW that each day in the African Region, approximately 12,000 children aged 0-5 years die from preventable or treatable causes; about one quarter of these deaths occur in the first month of life and a staggering two thirds in the first seven days. Africa is still considered the most dangerous place in the world for mothers and babies; with the deaths considered as “normal” these children have been termed “the forgotten children of Africa”.
Meet Margaret, a mom, who lost her baby after one week of giving birth; she went to the hospital to check out a potential labor complication and left her newborn baby at home with her mom. The baby began to experience high body temperature (fever) and instead of taking the baby to the hospital, upon her return she found her mom bathing the baby as a mode of reducing the baby’s body temperature. Margaret’s baby’s temperature rose even higher and at midnight at her baby died. We can’t imagine a greater loss, had Margaret known that this is one of the danger signs for newborn, the outcome could have been different. Read more