US Is Way Behind Other Wealthy Countries In Newborn Baby Survival Rates: Report

The United Nations’ children’s rights agency has released a new report, “Every Child Alive,” that says the U.S. is way behind other wealthy nations in newborn baby survival rates.

UNICEF’s report found that four out of every 1,000 U.S. newborns die within a month of being born, but other high-income nations lose three out of every 1,000, notes Common Dreams.

Most of the countries that ranked better than the U.S. have universal health care, which is often derided as evil socialism by pro-life Republican Christian lawmakers and voters.

Iceland and Japan, had the lowest infant mortality rates. 

Finland, France, Estonia, and Germany also topped the U.S. and its for-profit health care system.

Rwanda reportedly reduced its infant mortality rate from 41 out of every 1,000 births in 1990 to 17 in 2016, thanks to government health care.

UNICEF said the dramatic change “was made possible by a committed government that took an active role in implementing a national insurance scheme that reached the poorest, most vulnerable mothers.”

Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s executive director, told The Guardian:

We know we can save the vast majority of these babies with affordable, quality healthcare solutions for every mother and every newborn. Just a few small steps from all of us can help ensure the first small steps of each of these young lives.

(Sources: Common Dreams, The Guardian, Photo Credit: Dave Herholz/Flickr)

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