U.S. Ranks Worst Infant Death Rate

Last Revised on November 12, 2007

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U.S. Infant Death Rate ranks highest and worst when compared to other industrialized nations of the world. A Save the Children report last year placed the United States ahead of only Latvia, and tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia among top infant death rate nations. Interestingly, the United States had more neonatal doctors and newborn intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom — but still US had a higher rate of infant mortality than any of these nations.

Save the Children organization says that children under the age of 5 are dying at a rate of nearly 27,000 a day from preventable and treatable causes. 27,000 children a day. And, nearly half of these deaths take babies less than a month old.

And so the organization has stepped up its campaign for support for The Global Child Survival Act, introduced in the US earlier this year. This legislation would try to recommit the United States government in improving children’s health by expanding funding for proven solutions like immunizations and antibiotics.

“Cost-effective and low-tech services like vaccinations, antibiotics, and a simple mix of water, sugar, and salts to treat dehydration can help prevent deaths from unthinkable causes like diarrhea and pneumonia. That’s what makes this bill so compelling,” says Save the Children.

But voices calling for more equitable healthcare inside the nation itself continue to be weak, though the presidential election fever has already caught on. Babies born to black African American mothers died at two and a half times the rate of those born to white mothers, according to the CDC figures.

Japan has the best rates in the world with 1.8 deaths per thousand live births.

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  1. jen Says:
    November 21st, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    it is not that bad though, we are only talking about US within developed nations as i understand.

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