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Early childbirth and under-five mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Inglês)

Children of young mothers are at higher risk of morbidity and under-five mortality. 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. Statistically, children from young mothers are three percentage points more likely to die before five. The analysis is based on data from the second Demographic and Health Survey for the Democratic Republic of Congo implemented in 2013-2014. In this brief the authors focus on whether all children identified in the survey have died or not before reaching five years of age, and the factors that affect that outcome.

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