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!

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (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.

Got an idea, tip or a comment?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *