Why Africa suffers from high infant mortality rates

Why Africa suffers from high infant mortality rates

High infant mortality rates in Africa pose a growing health challenge

With remarkable progress in many health areas in Africa, high infant mortality rates remain a major health challenge in the region. Despite ongoing efforts to improve maternal and child health care, recent data indicate that this growing challenge continues.

Recent statistics indicate that infant mortality rates in Africa remain strikingly high, which raises concerns about public health and health care in the region. These deaths are often the result of preventable causes such as infectious diseases, nutritional deficiencies, and poor basic health care.

Research suggests that poverty and unequal access to health care, as well as structural challenges such as lack of funding and lack of infrastructure, can contribute to the persistence of this problem.

It is important to intensify efforts to improve basic health care in Africa, including providing access to high-quality health services for mothers and children throughout the region. This requires strengthening health financing, developing health infrastructure, and promoting awareness on preventive and curative health care.

Failure to address these challenges could lead to continued high infant mortality rates in Africa, making the need to address this problem more urgent than ever.

Causes of infant mortality: health challenges facing young children

Infant mortality is among the biggest health challenges facing many countries, especially in developing countries, as it depends on environmental and social factors that hinder access to basic medical care. Here are some of the main causes that lead to such deaths:

Medical and pathological causes

This includes infections, premature births, complications during childbirth, perinatal asphyxia, birth injuries. It is noted that 99% of cases of infant mortality occur in developing countries, which shows the health care challenges in these regions.

Congenital malformations

Birth defects include such as cleft lip and palate, Down syndrome, and heart defects. Congenital malformations can have a significant impact on infant mortality, especially in some of the poorest communities.

Low birth weight

Low birth weight is among the leading causes of infant mortality, as it increases the risk of other medical complications such as premature birth and maternal malnutrition.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

This syndrome includes the death of an infant in his sleep for no apparent reason, and it appears more commonly in Western countries.


Malnutrition is one of the most prominent factors affecting the health of infants, especially in developing countries with limited resources and difficult economic conditions.

Joint efforts from governments, international organizations and local communities need to focus on combating these causes and providing basic health care and awareness to reduce infant mortality rates and improve their health and well-being.

Why Africa suffers from high infant mortality rates

Children’s health care programs in Africa vision and goals of AHAH Association

AHAH’s programs in Africa aim to strengthen healthcare and improve access to medical services in the communities it serves, with a special focus on maternal and Child Health. The objectives of these programs vary to include preventive and curative measures for a number of common health problems in the region such as cataracts, malaria, and Infectious Diseases.

These programs are aimed at:

1. Improve access to health care services in disadvantaged areas.

We strive to promote access to health services in disadvantaged areas. With our continuous efforts, we strive to provide better healthcare opportunities for everyone, regardless of where they live. This work represents a message of hope and change, as we work together for a healthier and better future for all.

2. Support the health of the mother and child by providing the necessary medical care and support.

We are committed to promoting the health of mothers and children by providing comprehensive medical care and the necessary support. We strive to ensure that families have access to high-quality healthcare services, including antenatal and postnatal care, health education, and psychosocial support. Through our continuous efforts, we strive to ensure a healthy and happy start of life for mothers and children, and to build a promising future for families and communities.

3. Providing medical and preventive assistance to local communities with the aim of promoting their health and general well-being.

We strive to provide medical and preventive assistance to local communities with the aim of enhancing their overall health and well-being. Through our programs and services, we strive to provide high-quality medical care and health awareness, in order to reduce diseases and promote public health. Our work aims to build healthy and prosperous communities, where everyone enjoys a better and more prosperous life.

Through these efforts, AHAD seeks to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities in Africa, promoting health and wellness on the continent.

Why Africa suffers from high infant mortality rates

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Join us at AHAD to spread the positive difference in the lives of children in Africa. With your donation, you will be part of our efforts to achieve sustainable development and provide better future opportunities for them. Join today and be a part of this inspiring story of change and positive transformation in the communities we serve.

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