I recently read this article and found it very pertinent to our class, and to what I want to use in presentation. The article states how the United States is ranked 56 in the world in infant mortality and sandwiched between Serbia and Poland, which I personally found surprising as I figured the US would be lower, but I didn’t think that low.
The article states however that the US has lower neonatal death rates than Finland and Austria (two countries with low infant mortality rates) but relatively high postneonatal rates. So the problem is not when a child is born and is in the hospital and when they immediately get home, but later on.
But the one paragraph I found most interesting was this:
“The effects of socioeconomic status on health have been well-documented, and infant mortality is no exception: Unsurprisingly, the states with the highest rates are also among the poorest. “IfAlabama were a country, its rate of 8.7 infant deaths per 1,000 would place it slightly behind Lebanon in the world rankings,” Christopher Ingraham recentlynoted in The Washington Post, while “Mississippi, with its 9.6 deaths, would be somewhere between Botswana and Bahrain.””
The comparison to Botswana and Bahrain really puts the global problem of infant mortality in perspective in that it is a global problem which includes the United States. This article ultimately suggest how one must look critically at health statistics, but certainly for something as complex infant mortality.