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Rwanda Records Sharp Decline in Child Mortality Rates

Rwanda has recorded a sharp decline in child mortality rates, Health Minister Diane Gashumba has said.

The minister during a press conference on Thursday has said the country has witnessed a significant drop in the rates in the last decade adding that the infant mortality (children under the age of one year) rates dropped from 86 live deaths per 1,000 births in 2005 to 32 per 1,000 in the period of January 2014 to December 2015.

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According to the minister, mortality rates for children under the age of five also reduced from 152 to 50 deaths per 1,000 live births during the same period.

The reduced numbers are attributed to the fact that 91 percent of deliveries currently take place in hospitals thanks to the improvement of health facilities and services.

The poor and vulnerable groups in the country now have access to community health insurance which covers 90 percent of Rwanda’s 12 million people.

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Written by How Africa

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