Mapping Child Mortality

Kenya’s progress against under-5 mortality has been an outlier in sub-Saharan Africa, with an average rate of 46 deaths per 1,000 live births compared to 76 across the region.

But mapping the numbers by county, Peter Macharia and Emelda Okiro of the Kenya Medical Research Institute found that national trends can obscure disparities within the country. They found that over the past 50 years, counties’ reduction in child mortality ranged from 19-80%.

In Kenya, health is managed at the county level, making local data especially important to achieving county-specific goals, and the country’s broader project of universal health care, they write.   

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