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Cause of Life

emorymagazineFrom Emory Magazine

By Paige Parvin

In some parts of the world, too many children are dying. With the help of a major grant from the Gates Foundation, a new initiative in Emory’s Global Health Institute means to find out why.

There are places in the world where children under age five die at a staggering rate—more than fifty of every one thousand live births. And in some areas, including parts of sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, that number is greater than one in ten. In the United States, the average child mortality rate is fewer than six in one thousand.

In much of the developing world, too many children are being lost, according to public health leaders. That’s why the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has dedicated up to $75 million to a new initiative led by Emory’s Global Health Institute that is focused on bringing that number down during the next twenty years.

The Child Health and Mortality Prevention and Surveillance Network, or CHAMPS, is a global health surveillance program created to gather data through a faster, more accurate, and more effective process than current methods. By identifying the most common causes of death for children in high-risk areas, leaders hope to improve health and quality of life, help local health officials address the root problems earlier, and prevent unnecessary deaths.

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