Infant Mortality

Infant Mortality

The October 2000 Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that, while we still have a long way to go, we have made tremendous progress in child mortality over the last 50 years.

Today, the probability that a newborn baby will die before reaching 5 years of age is about 7% globally, compared with 10% in 1990 and 25% in 1950!

Mortality rates have fallen most dramatically in the eastern Mediterranean, western Pacific, throughout Europe, and throughout the Americas.

In stark contrast, childhood mortality rates have stalled — and even increased — in areas of Africa and Southeast Asia. The growing childhood AIDS epidemic is the biggest factor in this increase.

What joy and pain are reflected in these statistics!

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Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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