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Togo

  • By: Justin Corfield
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Togo, a west African country with a population of 6.3 million, and was a French colony until independence in 1960. The female life expectancy is 59.5 years, the birth rate is 37 per 1,000, and the infant mortality rate is 60.63 per 1,000 live births.

The fertility rate in Togo in 2003 was 5.3 children per woman, and the population has an annual growth rate of 2.9 percent. Less than half (49 percent) of births were attended by skilled personnel, and fewer than half of women giving birth (46 percent) received four or more antenatal care visits. The maternal mortality ratio was 570 per 100,000 live births, the stillbirth rate 40 per 1,000 total births, and the neonatal mortality rate 40 per 1,000 live births.

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