O.C.H.A. Report on Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
Read the November 11th report on Hurricane Matthew’s effect on Haiti by the Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA), which is part of the United Nations.
Mapping the Geography of Child Mortality
A hallmark of the past decade has been the remarkable progress made in reducing maternal and child mortality, an achievement credited in some measure to the Millennium Development Goals. The reduction in child deaths from an estimated 12.7 million under-5 deaths in 1990 to fewer than 6 million deaths by 2015 is a remarkable achievement in global health.
Mortality Crisis in Haiti
The neonatal, infant, child, and maternal mortality rates in Haiti are the highest in the Western Hemisphere, with rates similar to those found in Afghanistan and several African countries. We identify several factors that have perpetuated this health care crisis and summarize the literature highlighting the most cost-effective, evidence-based interventions proved to decrease these mortality rates in low- and middle-income countries.
Strategies to Address Child Mortality
The Millennium Development Goals for improving maternal and child health globally were agreed on in 2000, and several monitoring and evaluation strategies were put in place, including “Countdown to 2015” for monitoring progress and intervention coverage to reach the goals. However, progress in achieving the goals has been slow, with only 13 of the 75 participating Countdown countries on track to reach the targets for reducing child mortality.
My name is Melyssa, and this is my story.
It had been a long day. As I walked up the hill I had walked a million times going home from my mother’s house, I couldn’t help but notice that I was much more tired than usual. I’m even having a little trouble breathing, probably because of my condition.