Malawi registers reduction in child deaths

Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi has said Malawi has managed to register a significant reduction in child deaths.

Muluzi disclosed this Monday in Lilongwe when he launched the Child Health Days Campaign for 2017 which runs from December 4 to 8, 2017 throughout the country.

He said Malawi is performing well in reducing child deaths in the country according to the Demographic and Health Survey.

“Recent Demographic and Health surveys show that our infant mortality rate is down to 42 per 1,000 live births and under-five mortality is down to 64 per 1,000 live births,” he added.

Muluzi said currently, 91 per cent of births occur in health facilities and 90 per cent of all these deliveries are attended by skilled health professionals.

He disclosed that the country has also registered gains in reducing stunting in children.
“Stunting has reduced from 47 per cent in 2010 to 37 per cent in 2016,”said Muluzi.

Child health days is an annual campaign that the Ministry of Health in collaboration with partners which include UNICEF use to promote child health and development in the country.

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