Reduction in infant mortality stagnates and Brazil shows ‘half a lost decade’

A special Ministry of Health report presented indices for 2019 - the last year on record - and showed a slowdown in the decrease in infant mortality in Brazil. Year-over-year, the figures have been similar since 2015.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 2019, Brazil reported 13.3 deaths per 1,000 live births, a slight increase compared to 2018, when the rate stood at 13.1 per 1,000 live births. The rate is the same as recorded in the preceding 4 years.

In its report, the Health Ministry laments the slowdown in the reduction of infant mortality and recalls that "a decline in the mortality rate in this group was observed, with a decrease of 5.5% per year in the 1980s and 1990s, and 4.4% per year since 2000."

Data from the Mortality Information . . .

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