A recent report shows that the child mortality rate in the US is the worst compared to other 19 wealthy nations. The OECD or the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development conducted this study. Research results were published in the journal Health Affairs earlier this week, on January 08.
US Child Mortality Rates Much Higher than Those of Other Developed Countries
This report monitored child mortality rates starting with 1961 and up to 2010. Both the United States and other 19 comparable nations from the OECD were included.
This group, composed of 35 countries, was founded to improve social well-being and to drive economic development around the globe. However, this latest research shows that the mortality rates are not evenly distributed in these nations.
Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Spain, the UK, Finland, Australia, and Belgium are some of the other countries targeted by the study.
„Across all ages and in both sexes, children have been dying more often in the US than in similar countries since the 1980s,” mentioned the lead author, Dr. Ashish Thakrar.
Specialists noted that some of the factors that increased the child mortality rate in the US include automobile accidents, firearm assaults, and infant deaths.
As part of their analysis, the researchers looked at the mortality rates of children under the age of 19. The researchers noticed that the childhood mortality rates decreased between 1961 and 2010 in all of the countries.
Despite this, the US had a lower decline rate compared to the other nations. More specifically, between 2001 and 2010, the rate in the US was 75% higher for babies and 50% higher for children between 1 and 19 years old. Another country where the rate was higher than the average child mortality rate was New Zealand.
In contrast, Finland, Spain, Japan, Norway, and Iceland presented lower than average child mortality rates. Overall the lowest child mortality rate for children of all ages was in Sweden. This shows that there are countries where the mortality rate among children is still too high and that some changes are needed to lower their frequency.
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