child mortality in 2008, a taste

The WHO has released alarming figures on life expectancy and child mortality, which highlights the vast differences between ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ countries. It also draws attention to the stark differences that can occur within countries. For example:

• The life expectancy of an indigenous Australian male is 17 years less than for all other Australian males.

• In Glasgow’s Calton area, average life expectancy is 54, compared with 82 in Lenzie, eight miles away.

• Child mortality in the slums of Nairobi is 2.5 times higher than in other parts of the city.

• A baby born to a Bolivian mother with no education has a 10% chance of dying, while one born to a woman with at least secondary education has only a 0.4% chance.

• In the United States, nearly 900,000 deaths would have been averted between 1991 and 2000 if mortality rates between white Americans and African Americans were equal.

• In Uganda, the death rate of children under five years in the richest fifth of households is 106 per 1,000 live births. In the poorest fifth of households in Uganda, nearly one in five of all babies born alive are destined to die before they reach their fifth birthday.

(World Health Organisation, 2008)

~ by k-rock and l-jive on August 28, 2008.

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