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Best and Worst Countries To Be a Baby In

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This is the list of the top ten countries with the highest and lowest infant mortality rates.


Approximately 2.6 million babies will die every year before they have reached one month old, which is a horrifying number. Some countries are worse than others in this regard because of their poor conditions. Many of the causes of these babies’ deaths, though, and high immortality rates in certain countries, are said to be preventable. One of the biggest issues that can cause a baby’s death is having a lack of clean water. If the midwife delivering the baby is unable to wash her hands, for example, because there is no clean water available, the baby and the mother are more susceptible to infections, especially ones that are life-threatening.

Also, women and babies having access to proper healthcare and medicine would be a major part of reducing infant mortality worldwide. Breastfeeding starting during the baby’s first month of life is also a major part of ensuring that the baby will stay healthy. It is actually considered the most important thing a mother can do in order to ensure the survival of the baby.

The CNN report refers to the factors that need to be changed in order to reduce the risk of infant mortality as the “4 P’s- Place, People, Products, Power.” This means giving women and their babies access to people and health care providers, access to products such as medicines, and giving women power through empowerment. It also means improving health facilities in which babies are born and mothers receive treatment.

Here is the top ten list of countries with the highest infant mortality rates:

  1. Pakistan
  2. Central African Republic
  3. Afghanistan
  4. Somalia
  5. Lesotho
  6. Guinea-Bissau
  7. South Sudan
  8. Côte d’Ivoire
  9. Mali
  10. Chad

Pakistan is considered the country with the highest infant mortality rate, as one in 22 babies die before they are a month old.

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The top ten countries with the lowest infant mortality rates are:

  1. Japan
  2. Iceland
  3. Singapore
  4. Finland
  5. Slovenia
  6. Estonia
  7. Cyprus
  8. South Korea
  9. Norway
  10. Luxembourg

Only one death in every 1,111 births occurs in Japan, meaning that a baby born in Pakistan has a 50 percent less chance of living than one born in Japan.

Something that may interest some people is that the United States is not on the list of best countries for newborns. The infant mortality rate in the United States is one in every 270 babies. In a study conducted to see the child mortality rate in the US and countries with a similar economic status, the United States was ranked as having the worst infant mortality rate. This is considered to be the case because maternal health in the US needs to be improved, and as we all know, a mother’s health is vital in ensuring the health of a baby.

Some of the most common reasons why babies die after birth are because they were born prematurely, other birth complications, or because of infections such as pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis. Of course, these are diseases which are generally preventable and curable, but if a country is lacking in healthcare and proper health facilities, then these diseases can naturally be fatal, especially for a newborn baby, who does not have a fully developed immune system.

This is a very important report because it sheds light on a major issue in our world. Babies deserve to live and have the life of their dreams. There are millions of lives being lost which could have been saved. It is important that we focus on bettering healthcare to ensure that one of the most beautiful processes ever created- giving life- is as safe as it can be.

Reference: CNN