The number of children dying before their fifth birthday in Kenya has risen in the past 10 years, according to health specialists. “A shortage of skilled health workers and a lack of access to referral facilities are partly to blame for the increasing deaths,” Shahnaz Sharif, the senior deputy director of medical services in Kenya’s health ministry, told IRIN. According to briefing notes by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the main direct causes of the high neonatal (0–27 days after birth) deaths include infection, pre-term birth, low birth weight and birth asphyxia, while under-nutrition is the underlying cause for at least 30 percent of the deaths. (IRIN)

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