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Early childbirth and under-five mortality in Niger (Inglês)

Young mothers often come from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and early childbirths are more common in poor areas where prenatal care is limited and access to health facilities may be an issue. Girls who have children early also tend to be less educated and may suffer from lack of agency within the household, further reducing access to care. In addition, some girls who give birth early may not yet be ready physiologically to give birth. The risk of obstetric fistula, for example, is higher for young mothers. These various factors lead to higher risks of under-five mortality for children born of young mothers. How large is the impact of early childbirth on under-five mortality? Does early childbirth accounts for a large share of under-five deaths? These are the questions asked in this brief for Niger.

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