Infant Mortality: NICHD Research Information

Reducing infant mortality has been part of the NICHD mission since the Institute was founded more than 50 years ago.

Although global infant mortality rates have dropped during the last decade, work to further reduce those rates continues so that more infants survive to 1 year of age and beyond.

NICHD research aims first to understand the various causes of and contributors to infant mortality and then to find ways of preventing or eliminating those causes and contributors. These efforts include tailored prevention and treatment for disproportionately affected groups, as well as for situations unique to resource-poor areas of the world.

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