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Children 2017, 4(2), 8; doi:10.3390/children4020008

Pediatric Mortality in a Rural Tertiary Care Center in Liberia

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas at Southwestern, Dallas, Texas 75390, USA
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Department of Anesthesiology/Pediatric Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37232, USA
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Department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA
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Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Monrovia, Liberia
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Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas at Southwestern, Dallas, Texas 75390, USA
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 27 October 2016 / Accepted: 25 January 2017 / Published: 30 January 2017
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Abstract

Liberia is a low‐income country in West Africa that has faced significant challenges, including a civil war and the recent Ebola epidemic. Little data exists on the more current post‐war and pre‐Ebola trends of child health in Liberia in the rural setting. This study is a retrospective chart review of pediatric mortality in 2013 at a rural tertiary care center in Liberia, 10 years post‐war. From January 2013 to December 2013, there were 50 pediatric deaths, or 5.4% of the 920 total pediatric admissions. The most common cause of neonatal death was sepsis, and the most common cause of death under five years of age was malaria. The majority (82.0%) of the deaths were in children under five. Pediatric mortality at this hospital was similar to other reported mortality six years post‐war, and lower than that reported immediately post‐war. Neonatal sepsis and malaria are two significant causes of pediatric mortality in this community and, therefore, further efforts to decrease childhood mortality should focus on these causes. View Full-Text
Keywords: pediatrics; mortality; Liberia pediatrics; mortality; Liberia
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Tsai, C.; Walters, C.B.; Sampson, J.; Kateh, F.; Chang, M.P. Pediatric Mortality in a Rural Tertiary Care Center in Liberia. Children 2017, 4, 8.

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