Infant Mortality

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I came across some statistics today on the United Nations website that I found interesting. According to the Statistics Division, Sierra Leone has the highest infant mortality rate in the world at 166 per 1000 births. In addition, 50% of citizens of Sierra Leone are udnernourished, the highest percentage of any country in the world.

I didn’t compare country for country to get a better sample, but I wonder how much of a correlation there is between the two.

Often, it is stated by some that developed countries have low infant mortality rates because of advancements in medical technologies. I don’t know how accurate that is. The United States undoubtedly has access to the research and technology for it to have the lowest infant mortality rate, yet it ranks (at 7 deaths per 1000 births) behind Canada (5), Japan, Norway, Denmark, Sweden (all 3), and several other countries.

3 thoughts on “Infant Mortality

  1. The situation in itself is a very sad one. You would think as advanced as the world has become there would be something that they could do to change all of this. I believe there is just like i believe there is a cure for aids and cancer but they wont give it up because then the world would be out millions of dollars and they think the world would over populate.

  2. “I believe there is a cure for aids and cancer but they wont give it up because then the world would be out millions of dollars and they think the world would over populate.”

    This is crazy. Plain crazy.
    There is no way this information would not reach the public at some point. No way.

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