• Categories
  • Archives

Maternal Mortality Still Too High in Brazil: 74 Deaths Per 1,000 Births

In 2002, the infant mortality rate in Brazil was 25.1 deaths before the age of one year per each 1,000 births. In 2004, that number fell to 23.1. In 2002, out of each 1,000 births, a total of 16.5 babies were born dead. In 2004, that number was 15.3.

The standard set by the World Health Organization is, in both categories, 10 deaths per each 1,000 births.

As for maternal mortality rates, in 2004 there were 74.5 deaths per each 1,000 births. The World Health Organization standard is between six and twenty.

In announcing the latest numbers this week, the government attributed the improvement to its National Pact for Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality Rates which was implanted two years ago.

The program has received praise from the UN as a model for dealing with the problem. The short-term goal of the pact is reduce the mortality rates by 15% by the end of this year.

The pact has organized local committees to work on the problem of maternal and infant mortality, the training of healthcare providers and the creation of human milk banks.

Millennium Goal

The coordinator of the National Pact for Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality Rates, Adson França, says there is reason to commemorate the latest figures released by the government.

He says that if the downward trend continues, Brazil will achieve the Millennium Goal of reducing maternal and infant mortality rates by 75% by the year 2015.

The latest report on maternal and infant mortality in Brazil shows that the country’s short-term goal of reducing the rates by 15% by the end of 2006 are on track.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    Nothing to be proud of…
    …when you have :
    “74.5 deaths per each 1,000 births. The World Health Organization standard is between six and twenty.”

Your email address will not be published.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

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Holds First Carbon Auction. Netherlands Bank Wins It

Netherlands-based Fortis Bank has emerged as the winning bidder in an auction marking a ...

Only a Federal Program Can End Brazil’s Big Fraud and Educational Shame

Whenever anyone asks for an explanation of the educational shame in one of the ...

Be Patient: Brazilians Get Lessons on How to Make Deals with Arabs

Brazil's CCAB (Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce) has placed at the disposal Brazilians a ...

Microfinance Program Started in Brazil Gets US$ 5.8 Million from Gates Foundation

Accion International, a leader in global microfinance, which started its pioneer work in Brazil  ...

South Africa One of the Stops on Brazil Lula’s Fifth Trip to Africa

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will begin Tuesday, February 6, his fifth ...

Angels’ Overtime

The Catholic Church—which is against the use of condoms and other contraceptives in any ...

Brazil Announces Mysterious Free Plan to Popularize Broadband with US Help

Brazil’s Communications Minister, Hélio Costa, says that for now he cannot give more details, ...

Brazilian President Takes Her Country Back to the Closet on LGBT rights

LGBT rights activists have burgeoned onto the scene of civil society movements across Latin ...

Brazil Ponders an Agribusiness Overhaul to Face Global Crisis

How the global agricultural crisis will impact agriculture should be the theme of a ...