On the airplane in 3 weeks and fighting side by side with you!
die. Chief Nursing Officer, Thembisile Khumalo disclosed the figures
yesterday, noting that the number of babies dying at birth was
awards, health facilities in the country will fight to improve the
This is so very tragic and heartbreaking. If there are 587 babies dying out of 1000 that is just hard to comprehend. How could the infant mortality rate go from 7% to such a higher rate in just two years? When we looked at the stats tonight they said 58.7 out of 1000 births not 587 out of 1000 births. What is going on that it has increased so much in the last two years and why is it not listed accurately when you look up the stats. I can’t help but wonder if the Swazi Observer is incorrect with their numbers, but if it is accurate, we should all be getting on a plane to Swaziland.
Thanks Seth for the poignant reminder of this horrific reality. And Tom I’d still love to connect as I’ve often said. I am close to you in the mountains of Colorado and writing. Just a word of encouragement from the standpoint of someone looking at the reality of this situation and perhaps reflecting an average person poised to make an investment to address the pandemic. Thoughtful donors will ask “With the various NGO’s working there in recent years why is the reality worse and where is the best place to address the seminal causes?” There was a USAID briefing on this recently. Shalom…
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I feel like a traitor for not having done anyhting about the situation in my country. I’m bordering on 21 years of age and I still havent done anything, let alone come up with something i could call concrete, to help my country.
Cry My Beloved Country ….. thtas where i am at. But God has been equipping me for things such as these and soon…. a fire will ignite.
Thanks for the wake up call Seth….
Horrific. While I can’t get on an airplane at the moment (heck, I couldn’t even make it to GA, how on earth will I get to Africa?!?!?) I am in. And making good right now on my commitment to help in Haiti.
Willing to be used by God. There are no mission organisations in australia that go to swaziland – please let me know how I can get involved.
Please let me know about the options.
It’s stories like this that God has used to break my heart for Swaziland . . . I’m headed there in just a few weeks and praying for God to show me how He would have me be His hands and feet to the beautiful people of Swaziland.
It is so sad. I hope when I go I could make some kind of difference, in the number of babies dying. I want to become a NICU RN, that deals with the tiny little babies that are too early or are sick when they are born. In the US, the NICU gives babies a chance. In places like Swaziland they don’t have that tecnology, and it’s really sad.
Wow. As hard as it is to grasp that 58.7% — thank you for sharing this and making aware.
Like Wendy, I think this is a case of bad reporting as most of the 2010 reports I see put it at 69.7 per 1000, effectively 7% still.(One or two put it at 85 or 151) Nonetheless, 7% of your children dying is still worth getting on a plane to do something about… I’ll start with getting on the plane and going to CO next week.
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