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How to save 16,000 children’s lives

Fewer than half of all children receive every immunization dose. Around two child deaths in ten are caused by diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.

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How Increased Access to Family Planning Can Help Haiti

During the 1970s and 1980s, a successful family planning program with strong private and public sector support helped contribute to a decline in Haiti’s fertility rate.

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Health: Child and Mother

The Ministry of Public Health and Population, in collaboration with local and international organizations, has made great strides in reducing the infant mortality rate, leading to a decrease from 80 deaths per thousand live births in 2000 to 59 deaths per thousand. However, Haiti still has the highest infant mortality rate in the Caribbean. 

Focusing on mother and child health can lead to inter-generational benefits.

One intervention is to improve immunization coverage. The biggest causes of vaccine-preventable death are measles and neonatal tetanus. 

Other approaches are to focus on child health initiatives, or to focus on improving the health of both mothers and children by investing in maternal health

Improved family planning can lead to benefits for mothers and their offspring.

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Costs and Benefits of Vaccinating Children 0-1 in Haiti

New research by Magdine Flore Rozier Baldé, economist, Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation explores how to expand recent efforts to reduce this death rate through expanding immunization coverage.

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Costs and Benefits of Expanding Sexual Reproductive Health Services in Haiti

The research studies the benefits and costs of investing in family planning programs. Besides reducing fertility and maternal and child mortality, this is likely to result in higher levels of female education, improvements in women’s general health, increases in female labor force participation and earnings, and increased child health.

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