Today, I read a great article about the drop in infant death rates in Zambia. The drop can be attributed to a pilot program that trains midwifes on basic diagnostic and resuscitation procedures. Total, the project cost $20,244, and saved an estimated 97 lives. That is a story that I like to hear.
Here is a small excerpt from the article:
"The researchers compared survival rates among 20,000 babies born before the teaching and 20,000 afterward. The first-week death rate among babies had dropped by almost half, they found, to 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births from 11.5 deaths."
The birth attendant below is using a clay stethoscope to monitor a baby's heart rate.
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