Cibitoke (Agenzia Fides) - In recent years Burundi has made great strides in reducing maternal and infant mortality. The same is not true for neonatal mortality: according to UNICEF still 36 children out of 1000 die in the first 28 days of life, especially in the first hours after birth, because are premature, underweight or because of complications during birth or infection. To deal with this unfortunate phenomenon, the Partnership Committee Medica (CCM) has initiated, in Cibitoke district, in northern Burundi, the project Kira Mama Plus! which aims to reduce infant mortality through the training of nurses and midwives in all maternity facilities in the district.
To ensure that every newborn is followed during the first month after birth, the training is also aimed at community health workers and traditional midwives who, through home visits, provide treatment and care, out of the health centers. Kira Mama is named after the Burundian song that welcomes the mother and her baby. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 28/04/2016)