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Agenda: Infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 72 out of every 1000 children born die before age five. And almost all of these deaths are preventable.

Most African nations gained independence only in the 1970s after centuries of conflict and colonial oppression. This continent has since been trying to catch up to the rest of the world in many critical areas, most notably medicine. However, a continuous succession of coups, conflicts, and crises make it more challenging than ever for leaders to get lifesaving medications to their countries’ young citizens. Hence, these countries are often dependent on external aid, which is often limited in nature.

In this way, the issue is not only about African infant mortality but also about the independence of a continent’s healthcare. How will you strengthen childcare and healthcare capabilities permanently? What areas can you build on to protect healthcare even in tumultuous times? To what lengths will you go to protect the universal human right to life and liberty?

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