Child Health USA 2002

Text: Maternal and Child Health
HEALTH STATUS - Infant

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COMPARISON OF NATIONAL INFANT MORTALITY RATES

Differences in the infant mortality rates among industrialized nations reflect differences in the health status of women before and during pregnancy as well as the quality and accessibility of primary care for pregnant women and their infants. Although the United States has greatly reduced its infant mortality rate since 1965, the nation dropped one rank to 28th among industrialized nations in 1998.

This graph comparing "national infant mortality rates" includes countries, territories, cities, or geographic areas with a population of at least 1 million that have complete counts of live births and infants deaths as indicated in the United Nations Demographic Yearbook. In 1998, three of these jurisdictions had infant mortality rates that were half that of the United States.

Graph: "Comparison of National Infant Mortality Rates: 1998"[d]


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