Fact Sheets

  • Sepsis: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and treatment, Prevention February, 2019

    Sepsis is a common complication of infection that frequently results in death or serious disability. Globally, there are an estimated 30 million cases of sepsis each year, over 7 million of which end in death. In fact, sepsis is the second biggest cause of death in the world and the leading cause of preventable death. With high rates of infection, Africa is expected to be greatly affected by sepsis. Despite its massive death toll, sepsis remains widely unknown and under-prioritised—by the general public, health care workers, and influential decision-makers. Awareness of and knowledge on what sepsis is and its burden on society is critical to prevent sepsis and save lives. This fact sheet was developed as part of the ARCS, a Global Health Research Group awarded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and led by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). Running from 2018 to 2021, ARCS operates within three African countries, Malawi, Gabon, and Uganda. ARCS brings together African and UK expertise across the applied health spectrum to tackle sepsis, learning from the UK’s experience in reducing sepsis mortality.

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  • Child Marriage in Malawi October, 2017

    Child marriage (marriage to a person less than 18 years old) remains a key development challenge in Malawi. The country registers the 11th highest rate of child marriage in the world and the 9th highest rate in Africa. In Malawi, 47 percent of women marry before the age of 18, and 12 percent before the age of 15. Typically, the age at first birth is about one year after marriage. As a consequence, Malawi’s teenage pregnancy rate is very high – 29 percent of girls aged 15-19 have begun childbearing.

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  • Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health: Migori County June, 2017

    Migori County has a population of just over 916,000 people. About half (49%) of the population is aged below 15, 19% are aged under 5 and 25% are aged 10-19. Migori County’s total fertility rate (5.3) is higher than the national rate of 3.9 and is also considered to be a high birth rate. The adolescent birth rate is higher than the national rate – more than 1 in every 10 girls aged 15-19 gives birth every year. Migori County is one of 15 Counties that account for over 60% of maternal deaths in Kenya. The latest estimate of the County’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is 673 deaths per 100,000 live births. Child death rates in Migori County mirror the national trend but infant and under five death rates are considerably higher. High maternal and child death rates are linked to high birth rates and limited access to life saving maternal and child health interventions. This fact sheet highlights the status of key reproductive, maternal and child health interventions in Migori County, in relation to the national status. The data are drawn from the 2009 and 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, the Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS, 2007), the UN and other national and global studies.

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  • Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health: Isiolo County June, 2017

    Isiolo County has a population of just over 143,000 people. Almost about half of the population is aged below 15, 16% are aged under 5 and 24% are aged 10-19. Isiolo County’s total fertility rate (4.9) is higher than the national rate of 3.9 and also means that Isiolo County has a high birth rate. The adolescent birth rate is also high – more than 1 in every 10 girls aged 15-19 gives birth every year. Isiolo County is one of 15 Counties that account for over 60% of maternal deaths in Kenya. The latest estimate of the County’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is 790 deaths per 100,000 live births. Child death rates in Isiolo County mirror the national trend although the neonatal death rate is slightly higher and infant and under five death rates are slightly lower. High maternal and child death rates are linked to high birth rates and limited access to life saving maternal and child health interventions. This fact sheet highlights the status of key reproductive, maternal and child health interventions in Isiolo County, in relation to the national status. The data are drawn from the 2009 and 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, the Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS, 2007), the UN and other national and global studies.

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  • Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health: Lamu County June, 2017

    Lamu County has a population of just over 101,000 people. About two in five (41%) people are aged below 15, 15% are aged under 5 and 22% are aged 10-19. Lamu County’s total fertility rate (4.2) is about the same as the national rate of 3.9 and also means that Lamu County has a high birth rate. The adolescent birth rate is slightly lower than the national rate but still about 1 in every 10 girls aged 15-19 gives birth every year. Lamu County is one of 15 Counties that account for over 60% of maternal deaths in Kenya. The latest estimate of the County’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is 676 deaths per 100,000 live births. Child death rates in Lamu County mirror the national trend but are higher. High maternal and child death rates are linked to high birth rates and limited access to life saving maternal and child health interventions. This fact sheet highlights the status of key reproductive, maternal and child health interventions in Lamu County, in relation to the national status. The data are drawn from the 2009 and 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, the Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS, 2007), the UN and other national and global studies.

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  • Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health: Mandera County June, 2017

    Mandera County has a population of just over 1 million people. About half of the population is aged below 15, 14% are aged under 5 and 33% are aged 10-19. Mandera County’s total fertility rate (5.2) is higher than the national rate of 3.9 and also means that Mandera County has a high birth rate. However, the adolescent birth rate is notably lower than the national rate – about 3 out of every 100 girls aged 15-19 gives birth every year compared to 10 out of 100 at national level. Mandera County is one of 15 Counties that account for over 60% of maternal deaths in Kenya. The latest estimate of the County’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is 3795 deaths per 100,000 live births and is the highest in the country. Child death rates in Mandera County mirror the national trend although neonatal death rates are slightly higher and infant and under five death rates are slightly lower. High maternal and child death rates are linked to high birth rates and limited access to life saving maternal and child health interventions. This fact sheet highlights the status of key reproductive, maternal and child health interventions in Mandera County, in relation to the national status. The data are drawn from the 2009 and 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, the Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS, 2007), the UN and other national and global studies.

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