Infant Mortality in Central Asia: Sad Statistics Come to Life

Meyers, Melissa R.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000060
Feature: healthcare missions

ABSTRACT: The 2010 Afghanistan Mortality Survey estimates that for every 1,000 births, 73 infants and 3 to 5 women die. In this article, a nurse relays the very personal story of a young mother losing her infant in childbirth in Afghanistan and makes suggestions for how nurses can get involved in improving women's health in developing countries.

How can nurses get involved in improving women's and infants' health in developing countries?

Melissa R. Meyers, RN (ADN), and her husband have worked in Afghanistan with International Assistance Mission since 2005. She has worked in nursing education and helped facilitate community-based Birth Life Saving Skills classes.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer review 4/15/2013.

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