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Malaria, Pneumonia and Malnutrition contributes 70 percent of Child Mortality in Uganda


World Vision Uganda has revealed that Malaria, Pneumonia, Malnutrition and a host of other respiratory illnesses cause 70 percent of child mortality cases in Uganda.

Uganda children

Uganda children

According to a press statement seen by Ultimate Media, World Vision which is an International NGO operating in Uganda says acute malnutrition is cause of 38 percent of child stuntedness, 16 percent of underweight children and over 73 percent anemic children in Uganda.

World Vision which recently launched a campaign to reduce child mortality in Uganda says malnutrition leads to increased vulnerability to diseases and therefore deaths. Malnutrition in Uganda is mostly caused by poverty and hunger

A new report released by World Vision International reveals that low cost measures like use of Oral Rehydration Salts, skilled birth attendance and mosquito nets could significantly help reduce child mortality to manageable levels.

A video on child mortality by Rotary International

Therefore, in the next five years, World Vision Uganda has promised to provide simple life saving solutions like mosquito nets in over 40 districts in Uganda to help fight child mortality.

Malaria remains the leading cause of death in Uganda mostly affecting children and pregnant women. The disease claims the lives of between 70,000 to 110,000 annualy.

Also see Child mortality stories

Zacharia Tiberindwa, Ultimate Media

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