Venezuela’s Infant Mortality Rate Rises, Likely To Worsen, Researcher Says

CNN: Infant deaths are on the rise in Venezuela, reversing years of improvements, study says
“More babies are dying before their first birthdays in Venezuela as the country is mired [in] a severe economic and political crisis, according to a study published Thursday in The Lancet Global Health..” (Bracho-Sanchez, 1/24).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: More babies dying in Venezuela as crisis worsens — researchers
“…The new research, published in The Lancet Global Health journal, said that Venezuela is the only country in South America with infant mortality rates that have risen back to 1990s levels. Estimates using new data suggest that Venezuela’s infant mortality rate — defined as the number of deaths under one year of age — was 21.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016 — up by 1.4 times the rate in 2008…” (Moloney, 1/24).

Washington Post: ‘It’s going to be worse’: As Venezuela’s crisis grew, more babies died
“… ‘We lost 18 years of progress,’ Jenny García, the lead researcher on the study, told the Washington Post in a phone call. She also said her statistical model is conservative and that she is ‘confident that it’s going to be worse than what we are showing’…” (O’Grady, 1/25).

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