You can read 19 more articles this month
CUBA’S infant mortality dropped to a record low rate of 4.1 per 1,000 births in 2017, the health ministry announced on Thursday.
“This is a milestone that reflects the integration of the entire healthcare system in the country, which is about lives saved, quality of life, happiness and satisfaction for our people,” Public Health Minister Roberto Morales said.
He added that the country has eliminated diseases including polio, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, rubella and mumps among newborns. Two years ago, the World Health Organisation confirmed that Cuba was the first country to have eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Cuba’s infant mortality rate compares favourably to Britain’s, which was estimated at 4.3 per 1,000 births in 2017, and that of the US, which averaged 5.8 in the same year according to the CIA.
This figure conceals gross inequalities, with the number of infant deaths in poor states like Mississippi more than twice that in New York and black babies twice as likely to die before their first birthday as white babies.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.