Unidentified children walking in the countryside in Mopti, Mali in 2012 (Shutterstock.com).
Battling infant mortality is one of the most important health concerns facing many countries, including the United States. Those on the front lines of this battle are heralding the good news from the results of a 7-year study in the West African country of Mali, a nation that has the ninth highest child mortality rate in the world. To combat the high child mortality rate, the Malian government instituted a localized program in 2008, based in the neighborhood of Yirimadio, which is located on the periphery of the capital city of Bamako. The program has effectively reduced the infant mortality rate from 154 to 7 per 1000 live births. The study also showed a reduction of under-five mortality in Yirimadio over the course of the intervention, maintaining a mortality rate of 28 per 1,000 children…
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