Social Behavioral Surveillance

In the hours and days after the death of a child, many families experience deep feelings of hurt, anger, and confusion. They lack understanding and sometimes blame themselves. Losing a child is a terrible tragedy that no parent could prepare for. Sadly, for many parents in the places where the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network (CHAMPS) operates, this heartbreak is unacceptably far too common. Mothers and fathers in Mali, where the child mortality rate is 110 deaths per 1000 live births, experience this loss more frequently than parents who live in areas where child mortality is low, like the UK, where child mortality rate is only 4 deaths per 1000 live births.