In conjunction with the Drexel University WeServe program and the Drexel University School of Public Health, we will be traveling to Gambia (West Africa) this summer to do work on a number of public health projects related to maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS prevention & education, and chronic disease management.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Many women, babies, and children die because of inadequate health care. In Gambia, over two-thirds of the deaths that occur take place during labor or shortly after delivery.

The infant mortality rate is estimated at 84 in 1000 live births. 60% of which is attributed to malaria, diarrheal diseases, malnutrition, neonatal sepsis and acute respiratory tract infections.

The maternal mortality ratio is 1 in 32 live births. The majority of which are due to sepsis, hemorrhage and eclampsia.

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