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A recent study found that the burden of bereavement after the death of a child is much greater than previously thought, opening the door to new conversations on global inequality. (Illustration/Gabriela Froehlich, Shutterstock)

The death of a child is a devastatingly common experience for many African mothers

By their late 40s, nearly two-thirds of women in sub-Saharan Africa have lost a child, according to a USC study. Researchers are increasingly recognizing bereavement as a public health threat.