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Infant Mortality Awareness Month Should Catalyze Advocacy For Lowering Rates In U.S., Worldwide

Huffington Post: Reaching the First Birthday: September as Infant Mortality Awareness Month
Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands and lecturer in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University

“September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month in the U.S. with the goal of bringing attention to our relatively high Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), representing the estimated number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. … In an increasingly globalized world, mothers in the United States have much more in common with moms around the world than we might realize. We all love our children and want them to flourish, and we all deeply mourn the loss of a child in any of our villages and communities. As we promote awareness here in the United States to combat infant mortality rates, let’s also consider how we might advocate for women in developing nations to reduce infant mortality rates there as well…” (9/2).

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