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Sub-Saharan Africa's mothers, newborns, and children: where and why do they die?

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Kinney, MV; Kerber, KJ; Black, RE; Cohen, B; Nkrumah, F; Coova- dia, H; Nampala, PM; Lawn, JE; Science in Action: Saving the lives of Africa’s Mothers, Newborn; Axelson, H; Bergh, AM; Chopra, M; Diab, R; Friberg, I; Odubanjo, O; Walker, N; Weissman, E (2010) Sub-Saharan Africa’s mothers, newborns, and children: where and why do they die? PLoS medicine, 7 (6). e1000294. ISSN 1549-1277 Downloaded from: Usage Guidelines Please refer to usage guidelines at or alterna- tively contact Available under license: Creative Commons Attribution Policy Forum Sub-Saharan Africa’s Mothers, Newborns, and Children: Where and Why Do They Die? Mary V. Kinney1, Kate J. Kerber1, Robert E. Black2, Barney Cohen3, Francis Nkrumah4, Hoosen Coovadia5, Paul Michael Nampala6, Joy E. Lawn1*, on behalf of the Science in Action: Saving the lives of Africa’s mothers, newborns, and children working group 1 Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children, Cape Town, South Africa, 2 John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America, 3United States National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, United States of America, 4Ghana Academy of Arts and Science, Accra, Ghana, 5 The Universities of Kwazulu-Natal and the Witwatersrand, Durban, South Africa, 6Uganda National Academy of Sciences, Uganda This paper is part of a PLoS Medicine series on maternal, newborn, and child health in Africa. Nearly 4.7 million mothers, newborns, and children die each year in sub-Saharan Africa: 265,000 mothers die due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth [1]; 1,208,000 babies die before they reach one month of age [2]; and 3,192,000 children, who survived their first month of life, die before their fifth birthday [1]. This toll of more than 13,000 deaths per day accounts for half of the wor

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