Global Venezuela Goes Back 20 Years in Child Mortality

February 12, 2019

(Sci Dev Net) – The progress made by Venezuela in reducing child mortality rates has been lost over the past decade, leaving the country facing rates at a level not seen since the late 1990s. Child mortality had been steadily declining since the 1940s. According to official data reported in an article published in The Lancet, in 2009 there was an average of 16 deaths of children under one year of age for every 1000 live births. But since then, “the rate began to increase with a rapid growth from 2011,” write the authors. Venezuela’s economy and health system have collapsed in recent years, and the country is currently in the midst of a political crisis.

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