Maternal shelters in Kenya support reduction in child mortality

Doctors performed a Caesarean section on Shagaa Issack at the Graissa Provincial General Hospital in Kenya (Source: UNICEF)Shagaa Issack breastfeeds her newborn baby at Garissa Provincial General Hospital in Kenya – Ms. Issack is one of many mothers benefiting from maternal shelters as part of a broad package of care designed to reduce child mortality in the country; Around the world, under-5 mortality has declined from more than 12mn deaths in 1990 to 7.6mn in 2010, yet thousands of children still die every day from preventable diseases – which is why the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, together with UNICEF, convened the Child Survival Call to Action, a meeting to mobilise the world toward one ambitious but simple goal, ending preventable child deaths, in June 2012.

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