Every fifth child's death in London happens because of consanguineous marriages.

One of the districts of London published statistics according to which every fifth child`s death on its territory occurred because parents of children were close relatives. The Committee on Health and Welfare at the Redbridge Local Council stated that 19% of children`s deaths, which happened in period between 2008 and 2016, occurred as a result of "related affiliation" between a child's parents.

The term "related affiliation" implies that a man and a woman are cousins or are in even closer degree of kinship. Such cases are rather rare in the UK, but in other countries they can be standard practice. For example, in Egypt, about 40% of marriages that were registered last year, were concluded between relatives.

Chairperson of the Child Death Overview Panel, Gladys Xavier, pointed out that “educational programs” will be launched among the population of the Middle East countries in order to fight against the current tendency. Schools also asked to focus on genetics, so that children are clearly aware of the possible consequences of consanguineous relationships.

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