Needless to say that working on health issues in Africa can often be very depressing difficult work filled with sobering statistics, crooked politics, and competing interest groups. BUT new data from the Demographic and Health Surveys shows that child mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa are not just declining, but declining at an incredibly accelerated rate!
Check out some of the data for yourself:
Under-5 mortality (per 1,000 live births) in selected sub-Saharan African countries surveyed since 2005
The reason for such a dramatic decline (which is above the MDG goal of 4.3%) is still up for debate. Some researchers postulate that the decrease in Kenya is due to economic growth across the region and far-reaching public health efforts.
Whatever the reason, such bright spots will hopefully energize our efforts for health equity in Africa.