Leading Causes of Infant Mortality

In 2010, between a quarter and half of all newborn deaths occurred within the first 24 hours after birth. Many of these deaths were in babies born too early and too small, babies with infections, or babies asphyxiated around the time of delivery. Labour, birth and the immediate postnatal period are the most dangerous time for both newborn babies and their mothers.

The most common causes of death in children under-five are:

  • Birth asphyxia, failure to initiate and sustain breathing at birth, which accounts for about a quarter of all newborn deaths across the world. Effective resuscitation at birth can prevent a More >

Infant Mortality & Newborn Health

Across the world, in 2011, almost 6.9 million children under five died – that’s nearly 800 every hour.

Over 70% of these deaths occurred within the first year of life, and a high proportion were in the first 28 days. More than half of these young children would be alive today if they and their mothers had had access to simple, affordable interventions to ensure safe childbirth and newborn care.

Women and Children First works successfully to reduce these largely avoidable deaths in some of the poorest communities in developing countries. We help to improve the quality and accessibility of care for More >


Baby Buggy Walk in the Park

Greater Harrisburg Healthy Start was chosen by the U.S. Office of Minority Health Resource Center to host one of six national Baby Buggy Walk in the Park events in 2014. The Baby Buggy Walk is a unique event that was developed in 2012 by Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc. with a goal of empowering women of the reproductive age and mothers to take care of their health and the health of their children through education with a theme of fitness, fun, and family. In addition to enjoying a 1.5 mile walk and family-style picnic, families will learn about eating right, making More >