Average Seven Babies Are Buried in one Windhoek Cemetery Daily

Windhoek, Namibia Social 12 Oct 2022

In just three hours, five families had buried their babies aged between one month and one day in the Oponganda cemetery just outside Windhoek. Four other open graves had already been dug, waiting to swallow more babies. Oponganda is one of nine cemeteries in Windhoek.
Gravediggers at the Oponganda cemetery in Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek say about seven babies are buried per day. A casual count shows that about 17 babies have been buried in the past two weeks or so. Most of them did not live beyond 48 hours.
UNICEF’s latest figures show that Namibia’s infant mortality rate is 40.2 deaths per 1 000 live births. The population policy for 1997 targets to reduce the rate from 57 to 30 per 1000 live births by 2015. Since Namibia did not have a census in 2021 because of financial constraints, these figures may not be reflective of the actual situation on the ground.
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