Photos from the Field

How does Global Links help decrease infant mortality?

The first year
The high rate of infant mortality is a problem in all of Global Links' partner countries except Cuba.

Photo: Lynn Johnson for Global Links

Causes
Some of the main causes of infant mortality in Global Links' nine partner countries include infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, hepatitis, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, and rubella. In addition, diarrhea and dehydration, low birth weight, and congenitial disorders associated with premature birth all cause a higher rate of infant mortality than in more developed countries.

Photo: Lynn Johnson for Global Links

Statistics
Infant mortality refers to deaths among infants during the first year of life per 1,000 live births. This is a list of the infant mortality rate from Global Links’ partner countries, with the United States and Sweden included for context. Statistics are from Unicef’s 2009 State of the World’s Children.

Prenatal care
By providing such basic diagnostic tools as fetal dopplers to our partner hospitals, Global Links enables doctors to detect potential problems before delivery, and take steps to address them.

Primary care
Health centers like this one in Guatemala are often the first line of defense in infant and child health. Global Links supports these clinics as well as larger hospitals, allowing for better prenatal care and earlier detection of potential problems.

Newborn checkups
Basic equipment such as infant scales, like this one in Haiti, helps healthcare personnel monitor the health of a new baby.

Respiratory therapy
Babies born prematurely frequently require respiratory therapy. This oxygen tent in Bolivia is an important piece of equipment.

Respiratory therapy
The respiratory supplies that Global Links provides not only improve health, but save lives in our partner countries. This baby in Guatemala is getting a breathing treatment.

Nebulizers
Asthma is a common problem in developing countries, and those suffering respiratory distress often have to wait for treatment - or go without - due to a lack of equipement. In this photo from Nicaragua, one of these mothers has to wait for her child to receive treatment because there is only one nebulizer. Global Links frequently provides nebulizers to our partner hospitals and health clinics.

Immunizations
Vaccinating infants and children against common but deadly childhood diseases is crucial. Global Links provides gloves, syringes, and other materials useful for immunizations.

Suture program
Global Links provides appropriate sutures to medical facilities around the world. This baby, at Tashkent Pediatric Medical Institute in Uzbekistan, was born with a cardiac defect that was repaired with high-quality cardiac sutures from Global Links.

Sharing knowledge
In addition to providing medical material aid, Global Links works to share knowledge and resources. In 2009, Global Links sponsored a week-long visit by Cuba's pediatric transplant team to Pittsburgh for meetings with the team at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.