[Blackstudies-l] Cuba records its lowest infant mortality rate ever

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ivetteromero posted: " Lisandra Fariñas Acosta (Cubadebate) explains that
Cuba has recorded the lowest infant mortality rate in its history, with
four to each thousand live births: If we say that, for the tenth
consecutive year, Cuba has maintained its infant mortality rate "
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*Lisandra Fariñas Acosta (**Cubadebate
<http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2018/01/02/cuba-logra-su-mas-baja-tasa-de-mortalidad-infantil-40/#.Wk0zyt-nE2w>)
explains that Cuba has recorded the lowest infant mortality rate in its
history, with four to each thousand live births:*

If we say that, for the tenth consecutive year, Cuba has maintained its
infant mortality rate below five per thousand live births, it is enough
reason to celebrate. But knowing that the reasons to celebrate go further,
to verify that, at the end of 2017, the country reached the lowest infant
mortality rate in its history, with 4 per thousand live births, is
extraordinary.

This is corroborated by preliminary data offered to *Granma* by the
Directorate of Medical Records and Health Statistics, which informs that in
2017, there were 114,980 births, 1,892 fewer than in 2016, and there were
465 deaths in children under one year old—32 less than in 2016—which is the
lowest number of deaths so far recorded.

And if anyone has doubts about what this really means, it is perhaps
illustrative to see to what extent the deaths of our children have been
reduced, which in the year 1970 amounted to 9,173 deaths, with an infant
mortality rate of 38.7.

“This indicator represents, first of all, the effort, sacrifice,
commitment, and engagement of thousands of professionals who work in the
maternal and child care services in the country. It tells us about the
constant unity of the health system teams and the systematic work and
collaboration between each of their areas. It is the expression of
intersectionality in terms of the right to life. A gift of happiness from
public health workers to Cuban families and the historical direction of the
Revolution,” said Dr. Roberto Álvarez Fumero, head of the Maternal and
Child Department of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap). [. . .]

[Translated by Ivette Romero.] For full, original article (in Spanish), see
http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2018/01/02/cuba-logra-su-mas-baja-tasa-de-
mortalidad-infantil-40/#.Wk0zyt-nE2w
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